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'Every scenario on table' in China virus outbreak: WHO chief Updated: 2020-02-18 13:23:42 KST

China released a paper Monday containing detailed data on more than 44-thousand confirmed cases of COVID-19, aiming to get a better understanding about the age range of people affected, the severity of the disease and the mortality rate.
The report also shows the number of new cases appears to be on the decline.
However, despite the seemingly positive report, the head of the WHO says it must be interpreted cautiously.

"The data also appeared to show a decline in new cases. This trend must be interpreted very cautiously. Trends can change as new populations are affected. It's too early to tell if this reported decline will continue. Every scenario is still on the table."

Asked whether the COVID-19 outbreak is a pandemic, the head of WHO's emergencies program says people should be cautious using the word 'pandemic', as it could spark fear throughout the world.

"So therefore, I think that we have to be very, very careful not to drive fear in the world right now and be very cautious in using the words you have used (pandemic). We've said it: the risk is very high in China, it's high regionally, and it's high round the world. That is not, 'The risk is high of a pandemic', that is, 'The risk is high that the disease may spread further', and I think at face value that is true."

The latest data provided by the Chinese government shows the number of new COVID-19 cases have fallen to their lowest level in three weeks.
Since the start of the outbreak in late December, China has reported over 70-thousand cases in total, including more than 17-hundred deaths.
Lee Seung-jae, Arirang News.
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