WHO chief says coronavirus still an emergency for China

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    Published: 2020-02-16 11:40:33 BdST

A worker in protective suit lifts a suitcase from a bus amid snow to help transport novel coronavirus patients outside a hospital in Wuhan, Hubei province, China February 15, 2020. China Daily via REUTERS

The coronavirus outbreak is still an emergency for China and it is impossible to tell where the epidemic will spread, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization, said on Saturday.

Tedros told the Munich Security Conference in Germany he was encouraged by actions China had taken to slow the spread of virus but was still concerned about the increasing number of cases.

French officials said on Saturday an elderly Chinese tourist infected with the coronavirus had died in France, becoming the first fatality in Europe and the fourth outside mainland China from an epidemic that has rattled the world.