translated from Spanish: The threat from the COVID-19 coronavirus is ‘very high:’

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported Friday that the threat of the new coronavirus, which has polluted some 79,000 people in China and more than 5,000 in the world, increased to “very high.”
“The number of cases is increasing, and the number of countries affected in recent days is clearly worrying,” SAID WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at a press conference.
“Our epidemiologists have continuously followed these events and we have now increased our risk assessment of the spread and risk of impact of COVID-19 to a very high level worldwide,” he added.
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This Friday the mexican government confirmed its first two cases of COVID-19 in Mexico City and Sinaloa. Both patients as well as family members remain in isolation.
It also indicated that more than 20 vaccines are being developed worldwide and several therapeutic products are being clinically tested. The first results are expected in “a few weeks,” he argued.
Countries affected by coronavirus
If China had until recently been the only global focus of coronavirus, the risk has multiplied with the emergence of new sources such as South Korea, Iran and Italy.
Half a hundred countries are now affected, according to WHO.
In China, where the epidemic arose in late December, the virus has killed 2,791 people. In the rest of the world, 67 have died, according to the UN specialized agency.
“What we are currently seeing are COVID-19-linked epidemics in several countries, but most cases can still be attributed to known contacts or case groups,” says the DIRECTOR of WHO.
“The key to containing the virus is to break the chains of transmission,” he said.
Although WHO has raised the threat level internationally, the organization does not consider this to be a pandemic.
A pandemic is a situation in which “all citizens are exposed,” which is not the case today, EXPLAINed WHO’s Director of Emergency Programmes Michael Ryan.
“If it were a flu epidemic, we would have talked about a pandemic,” but in the case of the new coronavirus, “we have found that with measures to curb it, the course of the epidemic can be significantly contained.”
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