Feb 24, 2020 22:05 Asia/Tehran [Updated: Apr 10, 2020 14:23 Asia/Tehran]
  • World should brace for pandemic, says WHO
    World should brace for pandemic, says WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said the world should do more to prepare for a possible coronavirus pandemic.

Iran Press/Europe:  The WHO said it was too early to call the outbreak a pandemic but countries should be "in a phase of preparedness".

A pandemic is when an infectious disease spreads easily from person to person in many parts of the world.

More cases of the Covid-19 virus, which causes respiratory disease, continue to emerge, with outbreaks in South Korea, Italy and Iran causing concern.

However, most infections are in China, the original source of the virus, where 77,000 people have the disease and nearly 2,600 have died. The number of new cases there is now falling.

The WHO already declared a public health emergency of international concern, its “highest level of alarm”, last month when there were fewer than 100 cases outside China and 8 cases of human-to-human transmission of the COVID-19 virus that started in China. 

More than 1,200 cases have been confirmed in about 30 other countries and there have been more than 20 deaths. Italy reported three more deaths on Monday, raising the total there to six.

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