World Health Organization Declared Coronavirus a Global Health Emergency

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From left, WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic; Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus; Dr. Michael Ryan, emergency chief; and Maria Van Kerkhove, head of emerging diseases and zoonosis, attend a press briefing on the new coronavirus on Wednesday in Geneva. FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES

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The World Health Organization on Thursday declared the outbreak of a novel coronavirus a global health emergency, an acknowledgment of the risk the virus poses to countries beyond its origin in China and of the need for a more coordinated international response to the outbreak.

“This is the time for science, not rumors,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in making the announcement following a meeting of the agency’s emergency committee. “This is the time for solidarity, not stigma.”

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