China’s steps ‘minimizing’ risk of virus spreading internationally: WHO

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The World Health Organization said Wednesday the measures China is taking to rein in an outbreak of a deadly SARS-like virus would “minimize” the risk of further international spread.

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus hailed the “very, very strong measures” being taken by China after Beijing said it was halting flights and trains from Thursday out of Wuhan, the city of 11 million people at the center of the outbreak that has sickened hundreds and killed 17 people.

The measures will “minimize the chances of this outbreak spreading internationally,” he told reporters in Geneva.

On Monday, The head of a Chinese government expert team said that human-to-human transmission has been confirmed in an outbreak of a new coronavirus that has infected 217 people in the country.

Team leader Zhong Nanshan, a respiratory expert, said two people in Guangdong province in southern China caught the disease from family members, state media said.

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