WHO extends emergency talks over coronavirus outbreak

Added On January 24, 2020

 The World Health Organization (WHO) has extended its emergency talks on whether the novel coronavirus outbreak in China constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

"There was an excellent discussion during the meeting today, but it was also clear that to proceed, we need more information...The decision about whether or not to declare a public health emergency of international concern is one I take extremely seriously, and one I am only prepared to make with appropriate consideration of all the evidence."
The WTO chief said he was very impressed by the detail and depth of China's presentation of the situation of the novel coronavirus outbreak.
SOUNDBITE2 (English): TEDROS ADHANOM GHEBREYESUS, WHO Director-General  00:05:43
"I was very impressed by the detail and depth of China’s presentation. I also appreciate the cooperation of China’s Minister of Health, who I have spoken with directly during the last few days and weeks."
He appreciated China's immediate detecting and sharing of the sequencing of the virus, so that other countries like Japan, the Republic of Korea and Thailand are able to get most of the virus quickly.