he coronavirus outbreak is officially a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, according to the WHO—but the organization is confident the spread can be contained.
WHO’s emergency committee cautioned against response measures that “promote stigma or discrimination” and did not recommend any travel or trade restrictions—though the US, Japan, Singapore and other countries have advised against travel to China and airlines are cutting flights, according to Reuters.
“This is the time for science, not rumors… This is the time for solidarity, not stigma,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned,according to Vox.
Praising the PHEIC declaration, a trio of Georgetown University global health faculty called for a “Global Action Plan” moving forward.
The latest updates (from Reuters):
- In China: 213 deaths; 9,800+ confirmed cases
- Outside of China: 131 cases across 23 countries; 0 deaths
- Human-to-human transmission has occurred in the US, Germany, Japan, and Vietnam
- Germany also confirmed its first case of asymptomatic spread, NEJM reports