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

Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations. (File photo: AP)

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.”

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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.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:57 - GMT 06:57