WHO Now Estimates the Coronavirus International Threat to be High

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In China, 81 people have already died as a result of the coronavirus. The number of infections is now approaching 3,000, with 37 victims outside of China. The World Health Organization now estimates the international threat of the coronavirus as ‘high’.

 

So far, the WHO, which met on Monday for emergency consultations, communicated that the risk is “very high” in China, “high” at the regional level and “moderate” at international level. “That was an erroneous formulation,” a WHO spokesperson in Geneva now says. “We have corrected it.”

According to the WHO, there are currently 37 confirmed victims in twelve countries outside of China. In China itself, the number of reports has risen to 2,744.

The official death toll rose to 81 on Monday, after 24 new deaths were registered in Hubei province and a first death was also recorded in the capital Beijing.

This is a 50-year-old man who had visited Wuhan earlier this month, the epicentre of the virus outbreak. After his return to the capital he got a fever. He died on Monday.

At least 461 patients are in critical condition in Wuhan. The mayor of Wuhan said earlier that he expects an additional thousand cases in his city.

These are people who are already in the hospital, but of which it is not yet certain whether they are infected with the coronavirus.

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