The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday reviewed the risk of the coronavirus and raised it to “high” after recognizing that the rating of “moderate” was due to a “formulation error.”
On the 23rd day, the WHO chose not to declare an international emergency before the new coronavirus initially detected in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, of which more than 600 cases have been diagnosed in humans and 17 dead. After two days of meetings at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, an emergency committee formed by medical experts from various countries and convened by the general director of the organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, ruled out for now the possible alert to be “too soon ”Said committee chairman Didier Hussin.
For its part, Chinese authorities have sent hundreds of doctors to Wuhan (China) for the coronavirus, a virus that has already killed 80 people and affected 2,744 people across the country, as reported by the National Health Commission. Wuhan hospitals have been full of patients, with hundreds of them queuing for the past week to receive medical treatment, Efe reports.
The doctors of the People’s Liberation Army had already been sent to offer help, and construction of two new hospitals that are expected to be completed next week has already begun. China has tried to stop new infections by cordoning off entire cities in the central province of Hubei right in the middle of the celebration of the Lunar New Year, at which time millions of people travel on vacation and visit relatives in other parts of the country.
The authorities estimate that more than 5,000 people carry the virus, which, as scientists have reported, is infectious even during the incubation period. In fact, according to the head of the Li Ka Shing School of Medicine of the University of Hong Kong (China), Gabriel Leung, there may be some 44,000 cases in the incubation stage.