International desk – The coronavirus has been declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization as the death toll was rising in China and the outbreak continues to spread in other countries.
Organization announced the China-origin outbreak a public health emergency of international concern after an emergency committee meeting reconvened in Geneva.
“The main reason is not what is happening in China but what is happening in other countries,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said making the announcement at a news conference.
CNN reported that the organization said last week that the virus did not yet constitute the emergence declaration. But the rising number of person-to-person transmission outside China formed the organization called the committee back together due to the potential for a much larger outbreak.
The World Health Organization defines a public health emergency of international concern as “an extraordinary event” that constitutes a “public health risk to other States through the international spread of disease” and “to potentially require a coordinated international response.” Previous emergencies have included Ebola, Zika and H1N1, the broadcaster reported