The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the deadly coronavirus has reached “untraceable” numbers of people globally and “containment methods are failing.”
South Korea, in just five days has confirmed more than 600 cases, with many more cases overnight, the country has the highest number of cases with five deaths, outside mainland China.
Health officials in South Korea have said the country is now on “red alert” due to the soaring confirmed cases of coronavirus.
Italy has quadrupled to 79 cases with two deaths, whilst Japan confirmed 27 more cases on Saturday and Iran has 29 cases with six deaths.
Italy’s, Lombardy’s health chief, Giulio Gallera said, “The contagiousness of this virus is very strong and pretty virulent.”
In 2017 the WHO declared a placeholder name for any new unknown pathogen that could cause a potential epidemic in the future.
This disease was called “disease X” and coronavirus has already morphed to a deadly disease and is fast becoming a contender.
Marion Koopmans, head of viroscience at Erasmus University and a member of the WHO’s emergency committee, recently said, “Whether it will be contained or not, this [coronavirus]outbreak is rapidly becoming the first true pandemic challenge that fits the disease X category.”
Ian Mackay, virus expert at the University of Queensland, Australia warned a global “pandemic” is on the way as there are almost 80,000 confirmed cases with more than 2,500 deaths globally. Mainly in mainland China, but this is rapidly growing across the world.
Mackay said, “A number of spot fires, occurring around the world is a sign that things are ticking along.
“What we are going to have here is probably a pandemic.”
Cases in Europe are climbing, and the French Health Minister Olivier Veran has said his country is “getting ready” for an epidemic.
The Health minister admitted it is now “very likely” more cases of “coronavirus will be diagnosed” in France.
Veran said, “Today, there is only one infected patent in France, who is hospitalised in Lyon.
“His health condition is not worrying.
“All the others, apart from an 80-year old man who died, were released cured and are not contagious
“Other cases, it is very likely. An epidemic? We are getting ready for it.”
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus the head of the WHO said on Friday, “Although the total number of cases outside China remains relatively small, we are concerned about the number of cases with no clear epidemiological link, such as travel history to China or contact with a confirmed case.”