COVID-19: WHO reports 92 cases of human-to-human transmission outside China

Guterres: New virus outbreak is 'a very dangerous situation'

There have been 92 cases of human-to-human spread of the coronavirus in 12 countries outside China but the World Health Organization (WHO) does not have the data to make comparisons with China, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.

He added that the WHO had not seen sustained local transmission except in specific cases, such as on the Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined in Japan.

Meanwhile, the UN secretary general has told The Associated Press that the virus outbreak that began in China "is not out of control but it is a very dangerous situation".

Antonio Guterres said in an interview that "the risks are enormous and we need to be prepared worldwide for that." Guterres added the spread of the virus to countries with "less capacity in their health service" would require a great deal of international solidarity.

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