The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday (1/30/2020) Geneva Time, Switzerland, finally announced a global emergency related to the spread of the deadly corona virus from China.
The announcement that had previously been ‘postponed’ was made after the death toll from the corona virus in China experienced the most surge in one day.
The Geneva-based UN health agency initially “underestimated” the threat posed by the disease, which until Friday (1/31/2020) killed 213 people in China.
“Our biggest concern is the potential spread of the virus to countries with weaker health systems,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a briefing in Geneva as quoted by Channel News Asia, Friday (1/31/2020).
“We all must act together now to limit further spread … We can only stop it together,” he continued.
But Tedros said restrictions on travel and trade with China need not be done to stem the spread of the corona virus. Where reportedly spread in at least 15 countries in the world.
Many countries have urged citizens not to visit China, while some have barred entry for tourists from the city of Wuhan in central China, where the virus first appeared.
While the United States reported the first case of someone contracting the corona virus from someone else on American soil – a man in Chicago who contracted the disease from his wife, who had traveled to Wuhan.
Airlines began canceling flights serving China on Wednesday, and many more followed on Thursday.
Then Israel also banned all flights from China, while Russia said it would close the far eastern border with China because of the plague.
More than 6,000 tourists were temporarily locked on a cruise ship in an Italian port after two Chinese passengers were isolated for fear they might carry the virus.