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  • Outside China, there are 82 infections in 18 countries
  • Chicago woman infects husband after returning from a trip to Wuhan
  • Russia closes its 2600-mile (4184km) border with China, joining Mongolia and North Korea
  • Second Japanese flight carrying 210 evacuees lands in Tokyo, with 9 onboard having symptoms of the virus
  • South Korea confirms a case that was locally spread.

The World Health Organisation has declared the coronavirus a public health emergency of international concern.

It says the declaration isn’t due to what has happened in China but what is happening in other countries.

But what IS  a global health emergency exactly?

The World Health Organisation defines a global health emergency, also known as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, as an event where disease has the risk to spread internationally.

The organisation outlines how one of the defining factors of such a pandemic is when an international response may be required; taking in a multi-national approach to containing the spread of disease, like Coronavirus.

The declaration of such an emergency inclines countries to step-up their preparation and prevention against the spread of the virus.

What measures can be put in place when a global health emergency is declared?

The World Health Organisation has money set aside for these kinds of emergencies, known as the Contingency Fund for Emergencies.

So far it has allocated US$1.8 million to tackling Coronavirus in targeted regions around the world. The money for this comes from a collection of nations.

The organisation does not advise total travel bans and advocates for the normalisation of international travel and trade through such times.


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