Published: Fri, February 07, 2020
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Ireland backs global effort to control coronavirus spread

Ireland backs global effort to control coronavirus spread

More than 28,000 people have now been infected across China and the death toll has soared to 563.

But the United Nations health agency's chief also called for greater solidarity, accusing some governments of wealthy countries of being "well behind" in sharing data on virus cases.

On Wednesday, China's state broadcaster CCTV reported that two newborns have been infected with the coronavirus in Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, The youngest infant was diagnosed at just 30 hours old, CNN reported.

In its daily update, the health commission in Hubei also confirmed another 3,694 new cases.

Tedros tried pushing back on allegations that China is obscuring the real spread of the virus, arguing that the regime could hide details of the outbreak happening inside the country but couldn't "hide the number of cases in other countries".

A UMass Boston student who traveled to Wuhan, China, where the outbreak originated, is now being monitored by nurses over the phone as he remains quarantined in his off-campus home.

That first group was told on Wednesday that they have all tested negative for coronavirus, health officials said.

Despite the recent diagnosis, Massachusetts Gov. Federal officials last week also limited arrivals from the country to 11 airports starting Sunday, according to MDPH.

"Today, the test kits will start shipping to over 100 US public health labs", Messonnier said during the media briefing Wednesday.

Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, told reporters on a teleconference on Monday: 'We have folks ready to go to China as soon as that offer is finalised.

World Health Organization has been reliant on reporting from the Chinese Communist Party, which has been accused of being opaque on the true situation in the country.

The new infections reported Thursday raise Singapore's total to 30 cases. The plan also notes exactly the sort of activities and resources now needed by global health organizations to deal with the outbreak and support priority public health measures.

The new figures came as WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urged health ministers to immediately improve data-sharing on the virus and said he would send a team of worldwide experts to work with Chinese counterparts.

During Tuesday's meeting, WHO's head of emergency strategy, Scott Pendergast, stressed that preventing major global spread of the virus would require providing significant support to countries with weaker health systems.

But after an initial, mini-freakout over worries about a big blow to China, the world's second-largest economy with 1.4 billion people, and the potential ripple effects, investors are taking into account better-than-expected earnings from some of the globe's biggest companies and other encouraging economic indicators from outside China.

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