Novel coronavirus ‘very grave threat’ for the world: WHO

Scientists are at work in the VirPath university laboratory in Lyon, France, February 5, 2020 as they try to find an effective treatment against the new coronavirus. (File photo: AFP)

The head of the World Health Organization on Tuesday warned the novel coronavirus was a “very grave threat” for the world as he opened a conference to combat the epidemic.

“With 99 percent of cases in China, this remains very much an emergency for that country, but one that holds a very grave threat for the rest of the world,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in Geneva.

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