WHO Declares Coronavirus a Global Crisis as Death Toll Hits 213

The declaration was made as health officials in China said that the death toll from the outbreak has jumped to 213 across China with at least 42 new deaths reported from the most-affected central Chinese province of Hubei.

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The WHO early on Friday took the rare step of declaring the ongoing novel Coronavirus outbreak that originated in China but has spread to at least 17 countries as an international public health emergency (PHEIC).

The Geneva-based organisation did not recommend any travel or trade restrictions on China.

The declaration was made as health officials in China said that the death toll from the outbreak has jumped to 213 across China with at least 42 new deaths reported from the most-affected central Chinese province of Hubei.

With more 1200 new infections reported from Hubei, the total number of infections in the country has crossed the 9000-mark.