On January 30, 2020, the WHO declares COVID-19 a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.
During the press conference, WHO Director-General Tedros said:
“The main reason for this declaration is not because of what is happening in China, but because of what is happening in other countries.
Our greatest concern is the potential for the virus to spread to countries with weaker health system, and which are ill-prepared to deal with it.
Let me be clear: this declaration is not a vote of no-confidence in China. On the contrary, WHO continues to have confidence in China’s capacity to control the outbreak.
I’ll repeat this – let me be clear: this declaration is not a vote of no-confidence in China. On the contrary, WHO continues to have confidence in China’s capacity to control the outbreak.”
According to Benzinga.com, Tedros praised China’s handling of the outbreak, and said the organization opposes any travel restrictions on China. Tedros also pointed out that some airlines reduced flights to China because of lower demand, not the virus.
On the conference, Tedros reported that the total cases worldwide is 7834, almost all of those are in China, and has caused 170 death in total.
According to Worldometers.info, the total number of cases worldwide exceeds 10,000, reaching 10,263.
Total cases worldwide exceeds 10,000 on January 30. Source: Worldometer.info