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WHO: 'Coronavirus Statistics Do Not Call for a Declaration of Emergency Globally'
18 July 2013
During its meeting held today, the Emergency Committee at the World Health Organization (WHO) pertinent to the United Nations has declared that the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome- Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) does not raise any international concern within this stage, so it is not logic to declare the state of emergency.

A statement issued by the WHO has pointed out that the Committee has reviewed and discussed information on a range of aspects related to MERS-CoV, and decided unanimously, upon the currently available information and after using the approach of assessment of risks and public health emergencies conditions, that the global health situation has not reached up till now a level that raises global concern.

It is noteworthy that experts from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany and Britain have participated in the meeting via a teleconference.

The WHO latest report on the outbreak of this virus globally has stated that, “WHO has been reported of 82 laboratory-confirmed cases of the Novel Coronavirus (MERC-CoV), including 45 deaths, over the period from September 2012 and up to now.”

It is worth mentioning that the WHO Committee will meet again in September; in order to review the global health condition. 

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