Coronavirus: WHO, China discuss next steps

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New Delhi: 29th January The Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, on Tuesday met President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China in Beijing.

They shared the latest information on the novel coronavirus 2019 (2019-nCoV) outbreak and reiterated their commitment to bring it under control.

The National Health Commission presented China’s strong public health capacities and resources to respond and manage respiratory disease outbreaks.

The discussions focused on continued collaboration on containment measures in Wuhan, public health measures in other cities and provinces, conducting further studies on the severity and
transmissibility of the virus, continuing to share data, and for China to share biological material with WHO.

These measures will advance scientific understanding of the virus and contribute to the development of medical countermeasures such as vaccines and treatments.

The two sides agreed that WHO will send international experts to visit China as soon as possible to work with Chinese counterparts on increasing understanding of the outbreak to guide global response
efforts.

“Stopping the spread of this virus both in China and globally is WHO’s highest priority,” said Dr Tedros.

“We appreciate the seriousness with which China is taking this outbreak, especially the commitment from top leadership, and the transparency they have demonstrated, including sharing data and genetic sequence of the virus. WHO is working closely with the government on measures to understand the virus and limit transmission.

WHO will keep working side-by-side with China and all other countries to protect health and keep people safe.” he said.

The WHO mission comes as the number of people confirmed with the virus rose to over 4500 globally on January 28, the greatest number being in China.

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