A team from the World Health Organization (WHO) arrived today in Iran, one of the three main hot spots outside China, along with shipments of COVID-19 virus test kits and protective equipment for healthcare workers, as case levels surged in South Korea and Italy and at least nine more countries reported their first cases.

At a World Health Organization (WHO) media briefing today, Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD, said that, over the past 24 hours, nine times more cases were reported outside China than inside China. “The epidemics in the Republic of Korea, Italy, Iran, and Japan are our greatest concern.”

He pointed out, however, that South Korea’s cases of the novel coronavirus are mostly coming from five known clusters. “That’s important because it indicates that surveillance measures are working and Korea’s epidemic can still be contained.”

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