New cases “could be spark for bigger fire” — WHO

Health officials have raised concerns over the increasing spread of the novel coronavirus disease as new cases are confirmed in persons without any travel history to China.

The Director-General of the World Health Organisation, Tedros Ghebreyesus, during the daily press briefing on the status of the disease on Monday, said “the detection of this small number of cases could be the spark that becomes a bigger fire, but for now, it’s only a spark.”

As at Sunday, five British citizens had contracted the virus in the French Alpine town of Contamines-Montjoie.

Also on Monday, the U.K. said it confirmed new cases linked to a British man who went to a conference in Singapore.

The increasing number of cases are beginning to spark concerns as there is no known cure or vaccine available…

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