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World WHO: Too Soon to Know if Coronavirus Peak is Near After Fall in New Cases

23:00  12 february  2020
23:00  12 february  2020 Source:   usnews.com

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Total cases of the new coronavirus in China have now hit 44,653, according to Chinese health 11. That was the lowest daily rise in new cases since Jan. The world must "wake up and consider this enemy virus as public enemy number one," WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters

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Health officials said Wednesday it is too soon to tell if the coronavirus is showing signs of slowing, after new infection numbers were down.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus wearing a suit and tie: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), gives a statement to the media about the response to the COVID-19 virus outbreak, at the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. The disease caused by the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) has been officially named COVID-19 by the World Health Organization (WHO). (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)© (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone/AP) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), gives a statement to the media about the response to the COVID-19 virus outbreak, at the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. The disease caused by the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) has been officially named COVID-19 by the World Health Organization (WHO). (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)

"This outbreak could still go in any direction," Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, World Health Organization director general, said at a press conference.

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Total cases of the new coronavirus in China have hit 44,653, according to health officials, including 2,015 new confirmed cases on Tuesday. That was the lowest daily rise in new cases since Jan. 30. China last week amended its guidelines on prevention and control of the coronavirus , saying that

Total cases of the new coronavirus in China have hit 44,653, according to health officials, including 2,015 new confirmed cases on Tuesday. That was the lowest daily rise in new cases since Jan. 30. GRAPHIC: Comparing new coronavirus to SARS and MERS - here. China last week amended its

Tedros added that the number of newly reported cases has stabilized over the past week.

"We'd like to be able to predict the future, but we must be cautious," said Mike Ryan, the executive director of WHO's health emergencies program.

As of Wednesday morning, officials reported 44,730 cases of coronavirus and 1,114 deaths. Outside of China, the count is 441 cases across 24 countries and one death.

The disease caused by the virus was given a name on Tuesday: COVID-19.

Health officials added that four vaccines for the virus are in development. One or two will likely go into human trials in three to four months.

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The new cases bring the total number of coronavirus infections on board to more than 130. But now we don't know if we will be able to after the quarantine is over, or if we need to go home right away. Coronavirus : Too soon to say if virus reaching peak , UN health officials say 06.02.2020.

China reports its lowest number of new coronavirus cases since late January, lending weight to a prediction by its senior medical adviser that the outbreak could end by April.

Tedros thanked Cambodia for offering to take in a cruise ship that has been refused port in several countries over fear of the virus. He said officials do not suspect any cases of coronavirus onboard.

"Outbreaks can bring out the best and the worst in people," Tedros said. "This is a time for solidarity, not stigma."

A study published Wednesday in The Lancet found that coronavirus likely cannot be transferred from mother to child in late pregnancy. The study authors warned that the evidence should be considered preliminary due to the small study group of just nine women.

All nine women were in their third trimester and had tested positive for the virus. They all gave birth by caesarean section, so the authors warn that the study does not apply to mother's who give birth vaginally.

The study comes after news that a newborn tested positive for the virus roughly 30 hours after the mother, who had the virus, gave birth. But study authors cautioned that many medical details about that case are missing.

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More than 800 dead for the coronavirus 2019-nCoV, a balance sheet higher than that of Sras .
© REUTERS - CHINA DAILY Caregivers in a hospital in Wuhan, on February 6, 2020, take care of patients suffering from the new coronavirus. The new coronavirus has now caused more deaths in the world than the SARS epidemic in 2002-2003, exceeding 800 victims on Saturday.

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