WHO chief warns coronavirus a ‘potential pandemic’ if not contained

GENEVA — The World Health Organization chief says the world should be working harder to contain the spread of the deadly new coronavirus and should be preparing for a “potential pandemic.”

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says that so far, the WHO does not consider the outbreak that has killed more than 2,600 people a pandemic, but says countries should be “doing everything we can to prepare for a potential pandemic.”


World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus gives a press conference on the situation regarding the COVID-19 at Geneva’s WHO headquarters on February 24, 2020. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP)

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