WHO declares novel coronavirus outbreak (2019-nCoV) global health emergency

31 Jan, 2020

What we know so far

The novel coronavirus, 2019-nCoV, has been declared a global emergency by the World Health Organization, as the outbreak continues to spread outside China. This follows a meeting of the International Health Regulations (2005) Emergency Committee, who concluded that the virus is a public health emergency of international concerns; due to the increase of cases in China, the increase of the number of countries infections, and some countries taking questionable measures regarding travelers.

Following the first case of 2019-nCoV declared on 12 December 2019, reports from Bloomberg (dated 31 January) state that globally 9958 cases have been confirmed, with a total of 213 deaths reported (all deaths reported in China). More information on the current status of the virus can be found here.

With growing concern over the 2019-nCoV virus we believe it’s important to present the facts relating to the virus. Therefore, we will continue to monitor the situation and ensure that up-to-date and factual information is available to the Penta network.

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