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Coronavirus outbreak is ‘a very dangerous situation’: UN chief

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The UN secretary general has told the Associated Press that the virus outbreak that began in China “is not out of control but it is a very dangerous situation.”

Antonio Guterres said in an interview Tuesday that “the risks are enormous and we need to be prepared worldwide for that.”

Read: From China to Europe and the world: A timeline of the coronavirus outbreak

The outbreak has infected more than 73,000 people globally. The World Health Organization has named the illness COVID-19, referring to its origin late last year and the coronavirus that causes it.

The UN chief was in Pakistan for a conference on 40 years of refugees fleeing neighboring war-torn Afghanistan.