WHO Declares Coronavirus a Global
January 30, 2020
The World Health Organization has declared the coronavirus outbreak that
has spread from China to 18 other countries a global health emergency.
Thursday’s announcement from Geneva means the WHO regards the outbreak
as an "extraordinary event" needing a coordinated international
Experts say there is evidence of people-to-people transmission of the
The Centers for Disease Control Thursday reported the first case of
human transmission in the United States. Doctors say a Chicago man
caught the virus from his wife who had been in Wuhan. He is the sixth
confirmed coronavirus case in the United States.
India and the Philippines announced their first confirmed cases
Thursday, joining a growing list that includes Australia, Canada,
Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong Japan, Nepal, Singapore, South
Korea, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam.
China says as of Thursday, there are 7,800 cases in China and 170
The United States has evacuated more than 200 people from Wuhan. Several
other countries have also evacuated their nationals and some
international airlines have suspended direct flights to China.
U.S. President Donald Trump was briefed on the outbreak by those he
calls the "great agencies" working with China.
"We will continue to monitor the ongoing developments. We have the best
experts anywhere in the world and they are on top of it 24/7," he
tweeted late Wednesday.
White House has said it is considering further restrictions on U.S.
airlines flying to China, in addition to the voluntary restrictions by
some air carriers. It has not yet decided whether to impose a travel
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said none of the 195
American passengers evacuated Wednesday from Wuhan show symptoms of
coronavirus. They will remain at a U.S. military base in California at
least through the end of the week.
The CDC said the risk to Americans is low and that it is working with
the WHO to get a U.S. team to China as soon as possible.
The CDC's Dr. Nancy Messonnier says the symptoms of a cold or the flu
and the coronavirus are the same, but the risk factors are having
visited China's Hubei province or having close contact with those who
have been there.