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Nepal on High Alert as WHO Declares Coronavirus as Global Emergency

Death toll in China reaches 213, with over 9,600 confirmed cases
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Nepal on High Alert as WHO Declares Coronavirus as Global Emergency

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared coronavirus as global health emergency on January 30, 2020 as the death toll from the virus reaches 213 in China, with almost 10,000 confirmed cases.

Around 98 confirmed coronavirus cases have been reported in 18 other countries.

The WHO has expressed its concern about the possible spread of virus to countries with weaker health systems.

The main reason for this declaration is not what is happening in China but what is happening in other countries,” said WHO Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

WHO Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

It has urged the South Asian countries including Nepal to stay on high alert to prevent the virus spread.

In a bid to prevent spread of coronavirus to Nepal, the Nepali Government has imposed entry restrictions on people from the Rasuwagadhi and Tatopani points, bordering Tibet of China.

Alert to Prevent the Virus Spread

So far, only one coronavirus case is confirmed in Nepal.

Coronavirus outside China

  • 14 cases in Thailand and Japan
  • 13 in Singapore
  • 8 in Australia and Malaysia
  • 6 in South Korea
  • 5 in France and USA

Response across the World

World Countries

Various countries across the world have quickly responded to the epidemic outbreak of coronavirus in China. They have started imposing air travel restrictions to and from China.

Many countries including Japan and the USA have started implementing plans to evacuate their citizens from China.

USA:

The American Government has already evacuated around 200 citizens from Wuhan and are being isolated at Californian military base for at least 3 days. The US is planning to send another flight soon.

Japan:

A third flight has already left Wuhan to Japan with Japanese citizens. It has now raised the infectious disease advisory level for China.

India:

The Indian Government has already sent its Air India B747 flight to evacuate its 600 nationals currently in Wuhan today i.e., January 31, 2020.

Russia:

The Russian Government has decided to close its 4,300 Km eastern border with China.

Israel:

The Government has cancelled all flights to and from China.

Italy:

The Italy Government has also cancelled all flights to and from china.


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