World must consider Coronavirus as public enemy: WHO

World must consider Coronavirus as public enemy: WHO

Executive Director of the World Health Organisation's emergencies program Mike Ryan, Director-General of WHO Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and the Technical Lead for the WHO's emergencies program Maria Van Kerkhovespeaks at a news conference on the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Geneva. (Reuters Photo)

The World Health Organization asked countries to be "as aggressive as possible" in fighting the newly named COVID-19 coronavirus on Tuesday.

"If the world doesn't want to wake up and consider the virus as public enemy number one, I don't think we will learn from our lessons," WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in Geneva.

"We are still in containment strategy and should not allow the virus to have a space to have local transmission." 

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