World Health Organization declares coronavirus a 'public health emergency of international concern'

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KSBW—The organization defines a public health emergency of international concern as "an extraordinary event" that constitutes a "public health risk to other States through the international spread of disease."

World Health Organization declares coronavirus an international public health emergency. The World Health Organization declared on Thursday that the coronavirus epidemic in China now constitutes a public health emergency of international concern. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general, announced the decision after a meeting of its Emergency Committee, an independent panel of experts, amid mounting evidence of the virus spreading to some 18 countries. Tedros told [