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WHO: World must prepare for “possible pandemic”

The director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, called on Monday the world to prepare for a “possible pandemic” of the new coronavirus, deeming “very worrying (…) the sudden increase” new cases in Italy, South Korea and Iran.

“We need to focus on the containment, while doing everything we can to prepare for a possible pandemic,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, at a press conference in Geneva.

The viral pneumonia epidemic accelerated across the globe on Monday, with reports rising sharply from South Korea to Iran.

In Europe, Italy, which now has seven dead, has become the first country on the continent to set up a cordon cordon around ten cities in the North.

Two months after the emergence of the new coronavirus in central China, five countries have announced the first cases of contamination: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Kuwait, Iraq and Oman, which is suspending flights with Iran.

South Korea and Iran are on the front line, with the highest number of contamination and deaths outside China, respectively.

Hong Kong has decided to ban non-residents from South Korea from Tuesday and called on Hong Kong residents to refrain from unnecessary travel.

However, the epidemic has receded in China, where the new coronavirus emerged in late December and where 77,000 people have been infected since.

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