UN chief says new virus poses “enormous” risks but “is not out of control”

UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres speaks during a joint press conference with Pakistani Foreign Minister in Islamabad, Pakistan, 16 February 2020. Guterres is on an official visit of Pakistan. EPA-EFE/SOHAIL SHAHZAD

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The U.N. secretary-general said Tuesday the virus outbreak that began in China poses “a very dangerous situation” for the world, but “is not out of control.”

Speaking in an interview with The Associated Press, Antonio Guterres said that “the risks are enormous, and we need to be prepared worldwide for that.”

Guterres said his greatest worry was a spread of the virus to areas with “less capacity in their health service,” particularly some African countries. The World Health Organization is looking into how to help handle such a development, he added.

Egypt recently reported its first case of the virus, raising fears of its spread to the African continent.

Read full AP interview here

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