Australian Broadcasting Company  |  January 31, 2020

The outbreak of the coronavirus in China has finally been declared a global health emergency, after a rapid escalation in the number of infections in the past week.

There are almost eight thousand cases in 18 countries, including nine in Australia, and 170 people have died.

The World Health Organisation says its declaration is aimed at helping to prevent the spread of the deadly virus to countries with weaker health systems.


Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization

Matthew Kavanagh, Assistant Professor of Global Health, Georgetown University

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