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On thursday, the World Health Organization (WHO) raised global health emergency of the novel coronavirus to global, as the virus continues to spread. Cases appeared in eighteen countries including the United States, United Kingdom, Thailand, and Germany.

WHO defines Global health emergency, officially Public Health Emergency of International Concern, as: a disease with a risk of spreading internationally. In such emergencies, the WHO draws on a supply of emergency funds to help countries limit the spread of the disease and treat those already infected. The WHO has already earmarked $1.8 million USD for this coronavirus.

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the WHO, praised China's quick response to the virus outbreak, saying, declaring emergency "is not a vote of no confidence in China."

The declaration comes after concerns that the virus might have major repercussions on the affected countries with weaker health system, and attempts to provide them with adequate support, according to WHO. WHO also issued a seven-point recommendations for the affected countries, among which was, the review of their readiness for a possible outbreak and speeding up the development of efficient diagnostics and treatment.

The death rate for this coronavirus is estimated to be 2%, reported WHO warning of possible limitations, for example, the mild cases don't get diagnosed, infected individuals quarantine at home, hospitals are crowded, or transportation isn't available.

This marks the third global health emergency currently in effect. The WHO also declared ebolavirus and poliovirus public health emergencies of international concern.

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, "This is the time for facts, not fear. This is the time for science, not rumors. This is the time for solidarity, not stigma."


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