COVID-19: WHO appeals chief urges broader response

NEW DELHI, FEB 16 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 2/16/2020 11:56:25 AM IST

World Health Organization director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urged the international community to make their response to the coronavirus government-wide. “This is not a job for health ministers alone. It takes a whole-of-government approach,” he said in a speech at the Munich Security Conference. “That approach must be coherent and coordinated, guided by evidence and public health priorities.”

Meanwhile, the death toll from China’s coronavirus epidemic has climbed to 1,666 after 142 more people died, mostly in the worst-hit Hubei Province, and the confirmed cases jumped to almost 70,000, officials said on Sunday. China’s Health Commission confirmed 2,009 new infection cases across the country. A man died on Sunday in Taiwan, marking the first such death on the island.

Two more Indians on board a quarantined cruise ship off Japan have tested positive for the novel coronavirus even as India assured that it will provide all possible assistance.



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