World Health Organization says 'way too early' to predict end of novel coronavirus

TT Ministry of Health hosts stakeholder meeting on COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

TT Ministry of Health hosts stakeholder meeting on COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

97 deaths from 31 provincial-level regions and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps were reported.

Among other efforts to contain and stop the COVID-19 outbreak, World Health Organization is hosting more than 400 scientists in Geneva to discuss ways to combat the disease.

Health officials added that four vaccines for the virus are in development.

The statement was released on Tuesday by the World Health Organisation.

"We had to find a name that did not refer to a geographical location, an animal, an individual, or group of people", said World Health Organization director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

Vaccines and new drugs would take a long time and require a huge investment in hundreds of millions of dollars, Dr. Ryan explained, before urging the public and private investment to spread the risk. "This is important to study because pregnant women can be particularly susceptible to respiratory pathogens and severe pneumonia, because they are immunocompromised and because of pregnancy-related physiological changes which could leave them at higher risk of poor outcomes". There have even been accusations that the virus was engineered by China to be used as a weapon.

Though the number of infections on Thursday was about 1,800, the lowest daily new infection record, the number of new deaths increased to a staggering 254, which is twice the number of the average daily death toll since January.

Within the same 24-hour period, 2,478 new infections were confirmed across China, bringing the total tally up to 37,626.

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In numerous initial reports on the virus, which said it was known to cause pneumonia, the statistics varied widely from source to source.

Two stranded cruise ships have illustrated the fears surrounding Covid-19.

The biggest cluster outside China is on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which is in quarantine in Yokohama port, Japan. At least 135 cases of infection have been confirmed on board, with the ill removed and taken to the hospital.

Ryan was also quoted by CNN as saying that the WHO was working with Chinese health authorities to implement further clinical trials.

As infections from COVID-19 coronavirus continue to rise, a senior United Nations health expert on Thursday said that there were some indications that disease transmission outside China might not be the tip of the "iceberg" that had been feared.

Both roles will now be filled by the deputy head of China's National Health Commission, Wang Hesheng, an ally of President Xi Jinping, who was last week appointed a member of the provincial standing committee. Reuters has quoted China medical experts as claiming that April is expected to get some relief from this deadly virus.

Genetic analysis of the virus suggests that it may have originally been transmitted from bats, senior World Health Organization scientist Marie-Paule Kieny said.

While there are 15 confirmed cases in the USA, the virus is not spreading in the community and the vast majority of people in the United States have a low risk of exposure to the virus.

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