WHO issues highest alert for coronavirus

(BBC) – Dr Mike Ryan, the WHO’s director of health emergencies, has explained that the global risk level of “very high” is the highest alert the organisation can declare.

He said earlier that it would be “unhelpful” to declare a pandemic when the world was still trying to contain the virus.

“If we say there’s a pandemic of coronavirus we’re essentially accepting that every human on the planet will be exposed to that virus. The data does not support that as yet,” he said.

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