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WHO expert team may visit Wuhan: WHO chief Updated: 2020-02-19 13:34:24 KST

A group of experts from the WHO is currently in Beijing, and plans to also visit South China's Guangdong Province and Southwest China's Sichuan Province,.. in order to study the country's prevention and control work on COVID-19.
Local media reports indicate that, despite those visits, there were no plans to visit the COVID-19 epicenter of Wuhan in Hubei Province.
However, the WHO's Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus shot down the report, saying the experts could be sent to Wuhan, adding that all options are on the table.
According to the WHO chief, the experts visited the city last month, and he says another visit could be helpful in trying to contain the outbreak.
Meanwhile, the head of the WHO also answered questions about the severity of local transmissions outside of China, saying there's not enough data at the moment.

"At the moment, we do not have enough data on cases outside China to make a meaningful comparison on the severity of disease or the case fatality rate. We are following up with countries to get more information about what happens about each case and the outcome. However, we have not yet seen the sustained local transmission except in specific circumstances like the Diamond Princess cruise ship."

Despite no huge slowdown in the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak, the WHO's top emergencies expert Michael Ryan said China has had success with "putting out the fire" first in Hubei, as he argued for, despite what many believe to be China's heavy-handed response.
Lee Seung-jae, Arirang News.

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