'Too early; to speak of pandemic, WHO says virus can be contained – media

09:00, 25 February 2020
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Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general, told a news conference in Geneva: "Using the word pandemic does not fit the facts," adding: "We must focus on containment while preparing for a potential pandemic," as reported by Reuters.

On Iran, Dr. Mike Ryan, head of WHO's emergencies program, said that the high death rate may reflect detection of only severe cases and not mild infections at the start of the outbreak. A WHO team is to arrive in Iran on Tuesday, he added.

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