World Health Organization requests $675m in funding to tackle coronavirus

World Health Organization requests $675m in funding to tackle coronavirus

World Health Organization requests $675m in funding to tackle coronavirus

The World Health Organization said Wednesday there are no known effective therapeutics against the 2019-nCoV virus, or new coronavirus originating from China.

The outbreak took place in Wuhan in January and multiple countries have started evacuating their citizens from the country, and have made a decision to restrict the entry of foreigners returning from China.

Hong Kong, which has 21 confirmed cases and one fatality, suffered 300 deaths in the Sars outbreak in 2002 to 2003.

Medical workers in protective suits attend to patients at the Wuhan International Conference and Exhibition Center, which has been converted into a makeshift hospital to receive patients with mild symptoms caused by the novel coronavirus, in Wuhan, Hubei province, China on February 5, 2020.

In a related development, World Health Organization is having a teleconference this week with travel and tourism industry representatives to work on recommendations on protecting their crews so they can resume flights to China, a senior official said yesterday. Two deaths outside China - one in the Philippines and one in Hong Kong - have also been reported, the Times said.

There are over 28,000 confirmed cases of the virus according to the Washington post.

The rest would be used to help countries that are "especially at risk" from the virus, which has now killed nearly 500 people and infected more than 24,300. "However, he said if China were to hide, it would expect a larger number of issues exported from China".

"We don't know the source of the outbreak, we don't know what its natural reservoir is, and we don't properly understand its transmissibility or severity", Tedros said. US citizens who have recently traveled to other parts of China will face health screenings and voluntary quarantines of up to 14 days.

There are now 260 coronavirus cases in at least 24 countries outside China. Tedros acknowledged that is a lot, but "it's much less than the bill we will face if we do not invest in preparedness now".

But the United Nations health agency's chief also called for greater solidarity, accusing some governments of wealthy countries of being "well behind" in sharing data on virus cases.

On Tuesday alone, almost 4,000 new cases were confirmed in the country.

To treat the thousands of patients in its hard-hit central region, China built a new hospital in a matter of days and converted a gymnasium, exhibition hall and cultural centre. China's Supreme Court last month said an excessively harsh crackdown on online rumours during the outbreak had undermined public trust, in a rare rebuke of the police.

The baby born Sunday in Wuhan is China's youngest case of the illness.

"Such restrictions can have the effect of increasing fear and stigma, with little public health benefit", he said, adding that 22 countries had so far informed WHO they were implementing such measures.

More than two dozen airlines have suspended or are restricting flights to China.

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