World ‘simply not ready’ for COVID-19 spread: WHO-China mission chief

The head of a joint WHO-China mission of experts has said that the world is simply not ready to rein in the new virus Covid-19 outbreak. Bruce Aylward told reporters in Geneva yesterday that countries have to learn from China’s expertise and be ready to manage this at a larger scale.

World Health Organization announced that the epidemic had peaked at its epicenter in China, where it has killed more than 2,600 people and infected over 77,000 others. Elsewhere situation has worsened with nearly 2,700 other cases and more than 40 deaths globally.

Iran has confirmed three more deaths and 34 new infections yesterday taking the country’s overall death toll to 15 and infection tally to 95.

Deputy Health Minister of Iran, Iraj Harirchi has been tested positive for the new coronavirus, amid a major outbreak in the country. He warned Iranians to be careful as the “virus does not discriminate” and infects anyone, regardless of their standing.

Italy has confirmed 322 cases of the virus, highest number of coronavirus infections outside Asia.

Authorities said that 11 people have so far died from the virus in the country.

Meanwhile, Switzerland also reported its first case of new virus yesterday, after outbreaks were identified in its main neighbours Austria, France, Germany and Italy.

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