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Coronavirus outbreak: WHO says it’s now a global health emergency

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the outbreak of the new coronavirus spreading quickly across China a global health emergency — a rare designation the agency gives disease threats that pose an international risk. The decision Thursday came as the number of people diagnosed with the 2019-nCoV virus has skyrocketed to more than 8,200, surpassing the SARS case toll. There are also now people in at least 18 other countries with the virus. Over the past few weeks we have witnessed the emergence of a previously unknown pathogen which has escalated into an unprecedented outbreak,” WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. Just a week ago, the agency determined the formal “public health emergency of international concern,” or PHEIC, declaration, was premature. WHO is working closely with all countries to control the new #coronavirus outbreak.