Speaking at a press conference Wednesday, WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the emergency committee on the novel coronavirus would meet again Thursday after it was “split” over the decision.
“This is an evolving and complex situation. The decision of whether to declare it a public emergency is one I take extremely seriously,” said Tedros, who said advice on measures to be taken would also be given later.
He commended China’s measures in response to the virus outbreak.
“If we are going to keep the world safe, transparency is No.1, and that is what we have seen.”
Symptoms of the virus include fever, cough and trouble breathing.
Tedros said it was not an unusual decision taken by the authorities in Wuhan to temporarily shut public transport to try to halt the outbreak of a new virus.
“We are in contact with Chinese authorities 24/7 with full commitment…Taking strong action will continue containing the outbreak in the country and help in stopping the outbreak spreading internationally,” he added.