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WHO warns against coronavirus overreaction

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Medical staff of Concorde hospital transfer medical supplies from a helicopter in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, 01 February 2020. Hospitals in Wuhan and other parts of China are facing a shortage of protective masks, clothing and medical supplies as the novel coronavirus outbreak claimed so far 259 lives and infected close to 12,000 people worldwide.

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The World Health Organization has warned against a global overreaction to the new coronavirus epidemic following panic-buying and event cancellations.
The death toll from the outbreak in China neared 1,900 on Tuesday. More than 72,000 people have been infected in China and hundreds more abroad. France on Saturday reported the first coronavirus death in Europe.
The outbreak has had a major impact on global economy, with China paralyzed by quarantine measures and major firms warning it could damage bottom lines.
The WHO stressed that the mortality rate remains relatively low:  “This is a very serious outbreak and it has the potential to grow, but we need to balance that in terms of the number of people infected. Outside Hubei this epidemic is affecting a very, very tiny, tiny proportion of people”, said Michael Ryan, head of WHO’s health emergencies program.
The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention published a study, which finds that more than 80% of people infected had mild illness and the number of new infections seem to be falling since early this month.
WHO chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has warned, however, that it was too early to tell if the decline would continue. UN chief Antonio Guterres on Tuesday said the outbreak is not yet out of control, but it is a “very dangerous situation”.
Trade fairs, sports competitions and cultural events have also been disrupted. Many countries have banned travelers from China and major airlines have suspended flights.

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