Ireland backs global effort to control coronavirus spread

WHO chief says widespread travel bans not needed to beat China virus

WHO chief says widespread travel bans not needed to beat China virus

"That doesn't mean that it won't get worse".

"We wanted to make sure there was no stigma associated with this virus, so we released this tentative name", she said.

"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.

"Our greatest concern is about the potential for spread in other countries with weaker health systems and who lack the capacity to detect and diagnose the virus", he said.

Mr Ghebreyesus accused wealthy countries of falling short on their duties in sharing data.

However, "there are normal market forces and they need to be managed", he said.

The Wuhan hospital where Li worked said in a statement on its Weibo account that he died at 2.58 am local time on Friday.

China has now reported more than 500 deaths and 26,000 cases of the coronavirus.

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"The objectives of the plan are to limit human-to-human transmission of the virus, particularly in countries most vulnerable if they were to face an outbreak; identify and isolate and care for patients early".

World Health Organization chief Tedros Ghebreyesus also announced the launch of a strategic preparedness and response plan to support countries to "prevent, detect and diagnose onward transmission".

The President of China Xi Jinping assured President Trump in a phone call that China has been doing all it could to contain the coronavirus epidemic that has killed almost 640 people. As of Wednesday, there were 24,363 confirmed cases in China, and 490 deaths.

Since the outbreak, China has been working hard in opening numerous health care centres while the scientists from every part of the world are working along to eradicate this virus, which has surpassed the case count of epidemic disease SARS.

"We are extremely short of money..."

"We can't conquer this epidemic without solidarity".

Asked about the reports, World Health Organization spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said: "There are no known effective therapeutics against this (virus) and the World Health Organization recommends enrolment into a randomised controlled trial to test efficacy and safety". He also reiterated his call for countries not to impose travel and trade restrictions because of the virus.

"The effectiveness of outbreak response depends on preparedness measures put in place before outbreaks strike", said Dr Mike Ryan, head of WHO's Health Emergencies Programme.

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