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Coronavirus: 'Way too early' to predict end of outbreak, World Health Organization says

Patty Aguilar | 13 February, 2020, 06:39

The province had a total of 1,310 deaths as of Wednesday.

"This is an example of worldwide solidarity we have been consistently calling for", World Health Organization chief Tedros said.

It brought the total confirmed cases in the hard-hit province to 48,206.

Airlines say part of the reason is a dramatic drop-off in demand, but the U.S. has also introduced strict restrictions on travellers to the United States who have visited China, barring almost all non-US residents if they have been in China within the previous14 days.

Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters in Geneva on Wednesday the apparent slowdown should be viewed with extreme caution, and that the outbreak could still go in any direction. "If that were not the case, the government could not have added so many new cases in one day".

"A very disturbing aspect of today's new numbers is that the vast majority of new cases accrued to Wuhan, but what if the rest of Hubei Province still did not adjust their reporting methods?"

"At some point, we are likely to see community spread in the USA or in other countries", Director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases Dr. Nancy Messonnier said to reporters Wednesday.

A cruise ship which had spent two weeks at sea after being turned away by five countries over fears that someone on board might have the coronavirus arrived in Cambodia on Thursday, satellite-tracking data showed.

It has also disrupted sporting events in China: motorsport's governing body FIA announced the suspension of the Formula One Grand Prix in Shanghai, originally scheduled for April 19, due to the "continued spread" of the coronavirus. Japan now has 203 confirmed cases, the largest number outside of mainland China.

Tedros also praised Cambodia for agreeing to take in the Westerdam, a United States cruise ship that has been rejected at several Asian ports over coronavirus fears.

Zhong Nanshan, a renowned scientist at China's National Health Commission, had said on Tuesday he thought the outbreak would peak in mid- to late-February.

The ministry said one quarantine officer has also been infected with the virus.

Two cases of the virus have been reported in Russian Federation.

To date, two cases of the virus have been confirmed in babies, including a newborn diagnosed just 36 hours after birth.

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