WHO chief to visit China on novel coronavirus outbreak

GENEVA, Jan. 27 (Xinhua) - The chief of the World Health Organization (WHO) said Sunday that he is leaving for China on the novel coronavirus outbreak situation.


World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus speaks during a press conference in Geneva on January 22, 2020. (Photo: AFP)

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Twitter Sunday that he will go to China to meet with the government and health experts to support the coronavirus response, and that his team would understand the latest developments there and strengthen the partnership with China in providing further protection against the outbreak.

The WHO chief added that his agency is working 24/7 to support the Chinese people during this difficult time and to remain in close contact with affected countries, while the WHO is updating all countries on the situation and providing specific guidance on what to do to respond.

The WHO has already activated global networks of experts, quickly developed advice for countries everywhere, and is working with them to activate their response systems, Tedros said.