New coronavirus epidemic at 'decisive point': WHO Chief

By AFP

The new coronavirus epidemic is at a "decisive point" globally, World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Thursday, urging affected countries to "move swiftly" to contain the disease.

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The new coronavirus epidemic is at a "decisive point" globally, World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Thursday, urging affected countries to "move swiftly" to contain the disease.

"We're at a decisive point," Tedros told reporters in Geneva.

Pointing to a decline in new cases in China, Tedros said: "It's what's happening in the rest of the world that's now our greatest concern".

 pedestrian is seen wearing a surgical face mask on egents treet in central ondon on ebruary 27 2020  uropean and  stock markets slumped heavily again hursday as new coronavirus infections spread outside hina round 2800 people have died in hina and more than 80000 have been infected here have been more than 50 deaths and 3600 cases in dozens of other countries raising fears of a pandemic hoto by iklas   A pedestrian is seen wearing a surgical face mask on Regents Street in central London on February 27, 2020. - European and US stock markets slumped heavily again Thursday as new coronavirus infections spread outside China. Around 2,800 people have died in China and more than 80,000 have been infected. There have been more than 50 deaths and 3,600 cases in dozens of other countries, raising fears of a pandemic. (Photo by Niklas HALLE'N / AFP)

Urging countries at the early stages of the outbreak of the COVID-19 disease to "move swiftly", he added: "If you act aggressively now, you can contain this virus, you can prevent people getting sick, and you can save lives."

"There does not appear to be widespread community transmission," he added.

Tedros emphasised that all countries should ensure that their health systems were prepared for an outbreak.

"We are actually in a very delicate situation in which the outbreak can go in any direction based on how we handle it," Tedros said.