- The WHO declared a global health emergency over the fast-spreading coronavirus which has now spread to at least 18 countries
- Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the WHO expresses concerns about the virus spreading to countries with weaker healthcare systems
- The WHO chief said the coronavirus has so far infected more than 8,200 people across the world
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a global health emergency over the coronavirus which has killed at least 171 people in China and has now spread to at least 18 other countries.
The declaration was made by Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the WHO at the organisation's Geneva headquarters on Thursday.
"The main reason for this declaration is not what is happening in China but what is happening in other countries," said WHO chief said.
He expressed concerns about the virus spreading to countries with weaker healthcare systems and which are ill-prepared to deal with the disease.
He commended Chinese authorities for the extraordinary measures they have taken to prevent the virus from spreading.
According to the CNBC, the WHO revealed that coronavirus has so far infected more than 8,200 people across the world.
He said the global community must act together to stop the fast-spreading coronavirus. He urged the public to remain calm, saying the WHO wasn't recommending measures that unnecessarily interfere with international trade or travel.
Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin signed an order to immediately close the border between both nations, Euronews reports.
Before the rather drastic decision was taken, Russian president Vladimir Putin directed his officials to do whatever it takes to prevent the spread of the disease into the country.
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