The World Health Organization declared a global health emergency on Thursday, January 30. The emergency refers to the coronavirus outbreak in China. The illness is now spreading very fast: more than 20 countries have confirmed cases of the virus.
As the WHO leaders say, the reason for declaring the emergency is not the situation in China, but the situation in other countries that started confirming cases of the infection. The organization is worried about undeveloped countries that have ill-prepared health systems and could not be able to manage the outbreak.
The public health emergency of international concern is "an extraordinary event" that require a coordinated international response. For example, such emergency was declared during the Ebola outbreak.
Thursday was also the day with the maximum number of virus victims — 40 people died in China on that day. More than 213 people have died and more than 10,000 have fallen ill since the beginning of the outbreak, CNN reports.