“All countries have to prepare for the arrival of COVID-19 cases,” the World Health Organization warned.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said today (02.15.2020) that it is “impossible” to predict the direction that China’s coronavirus will take and expressed “concern” about the “growing number of cases” in that country, according to its CEO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

At a press conference at the security conference in Munich (Germany), Tedros said that the experts of the organization work “closely” with those of China and expressed concern about the “rumors and misinformation” arising in relation to the disease.

“At WHO we are concerned about the potential crisis that this coronavirus could cause in countries with weaker health systems” than that of China, where the latest official information lists 1,523 the number of deaths.

“Everyone has to prepare”

The director-general of the WHO considered, however, that the actions of the Chinese authorities have given the rest of the world a time to fight the disease, although he added: “we don’t know how long.”

“All countries have to prepare for the arrival of COVID-19 cases, to treat the sick with dignity and compassion and to prevent transmission and protect health workers,” he added.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also expressed WHO’s concern about “the lack of urgency” that is detected in relation to the financing of the response to the spread of the coronavirus.

He also said that the organization is anxiously receiving news from China regarding the number of health workers who have been infected or have died from the coronavirus.


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