WHO update on coronavirus


  • Heather Mason
  • Univadis Medical News
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A briefing by the World Health Organization (WHO) yesterday (11 February) set out the current situation regarding the novel coronavirus outbreak.

  • The virus is now renamed Covid-19.
  • It is likely that an intermediate animal host has yet to be identified.
  • 42,708 cases have been confirmed in China with 1,017 deaths, and 393 cases and one death have been confirmed across 24 countries.
  • Case definition now includes asymptomatic confirmed cases.
  • The WHO has activated a UN crisis management team, including UNICEF, the International Maritime Organisation and the World Bank, focusing on the wider social, economic and developmental implications.
  • The WHO is currently hosting a meeting of 400 global scientists to agree on a roadmap.
  • Funding of US$675 million is called for to support preparedness and response operations.
  • The WHO says every individual must be part of the containment strategy.
  • The window of opportunity is now, urgent political commitment is required, WHO Secretary-General says.
  • Investment in approximately 45 countries with weaker health systems is necessary and failure to do so will affect us all, the organisation warns.
  • The rest of the world must do everything it can to contain the virus while cases are small otherwise the consequences will be huge.