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'Too early' to declare coronavirus outbreak a global health emergency, WHO says

Breaking News EmailsGet breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.SUBSCRIBEJan. 23, 2020, 6:36 PM UTC / Updated Jan. 24, 2020, 2:27 AM UTCBy Erika EdwardsSpread of the new coronavirus that originated in China has not yet reached a level that would deem it a global public health emergency, the World Health Organization said on Thursday. The virus has sickened more than 600 people, and 25 have died."Now is not the time. It's too early to consider that this event is a public health emergency of international concern," Didier Houssin, chair of the WHO emergency committee, said during a news conference from Geneva.Houssin said the decision is based on the limited number of cases wor ...