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Coronavirus outbreak: World Health Organization says virus death toll has surpassed 3,100 worldwide





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Streamed live on Mar 3, 2020

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO) provided an update on Tuesday into the ongoing efforts to combat the COVID-19 virus and said the number of deaths globally from the COVID-19 virus has surpassed 3,100, with a total of more than 90,000 cases worldwide. He said 12 new countries reported their first cases of the virus.

He also spoke about how the COVID-19 virus spreads in comparison to illnesses like influenza, saying the former does not transmit as "efficiently" as the flu.

Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove said it was possible other countries could see the number of COVID-19 cases peak, like what they believe has taken place in China, leading to an eventual decrease.

Asked about whether it was time to declare a pandemic, Ghebreyesus questioned why people thought it time to "wave the white flag" given there were still many countries with very few or even zero cases of the COVID-19 virus. He said it was "irrational," and the focus should be on containment of the virus not management of a pandemic.

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