MADRID, Jan. 22 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Wednesday its decision not to declare the international public health emergency following the outbreak of the new coronavirus in China, although it will meet again tomorrow to address the situation.
The Director General of WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, stressed that the outbreak is “a complex and evolving situation” and highlighted the “cooperation” of the Chinese Ministry of Health in the case.
Thus, he pointed out that “the leadership and intervention of the (Chinese) president, Xi (Jinping), and the prime minister, Li (Keqiang), is priceless, in all the measures they have taken to respond to the outbreak.”
In this regard, Tedros stressed that the meeting held during the day by the Emergency Committee has meant “an excellent discussion,” although he added that “it has become clear that, to act, more information is necessary.”
“For this reason, I have decided to ask the Emergency Committee to meet again tomorrow to continue the discussions,” he said, according to a statement published by the international organization on its website.
The Director General of WHO has also stressed that “the decision on whether or not to declare an international public health emergency” is one that is taken “very seriously.” “I am only prepared to take it after properly considering all the tests,” he has settled.
During the day, the authorities of the Chinese town of Wuhan, epicenter of the outbreak of coronavirus, which has resulted in 17 dead people in the country, have announced the closure of public transport as a measure to contain the disease.
Likewise, the Government has asked those who live in the city not to leave the area and has informed that the train stations and the airport will remain closed.
“Basically, do not go to Wuhan. And that all those who are there do not leave the city,” said Deputy Minister of Health, Li Bin, who said that there is evidence that the disease “is transmitted primarily through the respiratory tract “.
Bus, subway, ferry and commuter services will be suspended from 10.00 in the morning (local time) on Thursday, January 23, as indicated by the BBC television network.
In this regard, the authorities have ordered all travel agencies to suspend tourist tours in the city between January 22 and February 8 due to the health emergency, which is in level II.
The Department of Culture and Tourism has also requested that activities in the main tourist monuments and most important hotels in the city be canceled.
Various cities in the region, such as Bangkok, Hong Kong, Seoul or Sydney, are increasing precautionary measures against the virus, which already affects more than 500 people in China. Thus, they have introduced mandatory analyzes at the arrival terminals of the airports where there could be a greater indication of the disease.
Coronaviruses are a large family of respiratory viruses that can cause diseases ranging from the common cold to the Middle East respiratory syndrome and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).
The clinical signs and symptoms of the patients reported in this group are mainly fever, with some having difficulty breathing and chest radiographs showing bilateral pulmonary infiltrates.