World Health Organization (WHO) director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday that there was still a chance to contain the virus, “but the window of opportunity is narrowing.
“The WHO has called on countries to continue containment measures while preparing for community transmission, he said, adding that the outbreak could still go in any direction.
“We must not look back and regret that we failed to take advantage of the window of opportunity we have,” he said.
His words come as countries outside of China report a sharp increase of coronavirus cases — particularly in South Korea and Iran.
Italy has also reported two deaths, raising fears of self-sustaining epidemics.Authorities in China’s Hubei province confirmed an additional 366 cases of the virus on Friday, 45 fewer than the previous day, taking the total number of cases at the epicenter of the outbreak to over 63,400.
The total number of cases in mainland China is now more than 76,200.The global death toll from the outbreak has reached2,372, after 109 deaths were reported in mainland China Friday, including 106 in Hubei, nine fewer than the previous day.Outside of mainland China, at least 17people have died from the coronavirus,including five people in Iran.
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