Coronavirus: $675 million needed to protect vulnerable countries

With the spread of the new coronavirus not showing any signs of slowing down, the World Health Organisation said about $675 million would be needed to stop further spread of the outbreak globally.

This call was made on Wednesday at a press conference in Geneva where the WHO Director-General, Tedros Ghebreyesus, briefed the world on the current status of the disease.

As at the time of the briefing, 25 countries have reported confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, including China, where 24,363 people had contracted the virus, or over 99 per cent of all cases.

In all other countries, 191 cases have contracted the virus. Countries in Africa have, however, not reported any confirmed cases though there have been scares and suspected cases.

Mr Ghebreyesus said the fund is needed to protect…

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