WHO asks new countries with corona infections to take immediate action

Tedros Adhanom GhebreyesusTedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), addresses a press conference about the update on COVID-19 at the World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)

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Seven new countries have reported corona infection in the past 24 hours, including Norway. The World Health Organization (WHO) is asking countries to take immediate action.

“We are now at a crucial point,” WHO Director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a press conference Thursday afternoon.

– “If you take aggressive measures now, you can get control of the virus, prevent people from getting sick and you can save lives,” he says.

The number of new cases of infection in China has gone down lately, and it is now the rest of the world that worries WHO.

Tedros asks all countries to make sure their health authorities are prepared for an outbreak.

– “We are in a very vulnerable situation, where the outbreak can go in all directions depending on how we handle it,” he says.

In total, 45 countries now have confirmed cases of the new coronavirus. To date, 81,000 people have been infected, and more than 2,760 have lost their lives.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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