GENEVA - As the number of reported coronavirus infections soared Thursday to 584 cases worldwide, the World Health Organization warned that the outbreak in China represents a "high global risk." However, the WHO stopped short of declaring a "Public Health Emergency of International Concern" or PHEIC, which would put the virus on the same level as the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo in July last year.
"Make no mistake, this is, though, an emergency in China. But it has not yet become a global health emergency. It may yet become one," the Director-General of the World Health Organization Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a press conference Thursday in Geneva.
He said the WHO Emergency Committee plans to reconvene in 10 days' time, or sooner if necessary.
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