I’ve just been at the airport seeing off members of an advance team for the @WHO-led #2019nCoV international expert mission to #China, led by Dr Bruce Aylward, veteran of past public health emergencies.
— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) February 9, 2020
On Monday, the World Health Organisation sent an advance expert team to Beijing in China to carefully review the coronavirus which has claimed 908 lives.
This international expert mission is headed by a Canadian epidemiologist and emergency expert, Bruce Aylward.
The deadly virus has disrupted the lives of the city. After the Communist party ordered the shut down of schools, factories & communities, canceled flights, it has become a virtual ghost town.
WHO announced the rare disease as a global emergency on January 30th.
In late January, WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus made a successful trip to Beijing for conducting talks with President Xi Jinping. The meeting ended with a mutual agreement of sending an international mission.
On Sunday, Tedros tweeted from Geneva, “I’ve just been at the airport seeing off members of an advance team for the @WHO-led #2019nCoV international expert mission to #China, led by Dr. Bruce Aylward, a veteran of past public health emergencies.”
The team will be capable of giving a lead into the severity of the outbreak and how the virus spreads.
Dr. Amesh Adalja, a senior scholar at Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security said, “There are a lot of unanswered questions and mysteries about how this outbreak is unfolding and the actions the Chinese government is taking.”
An American hospitalized in the central city represent the first non-Chinese victim in China over the weekend. The coronavirus killed more people than the SARS epidemic in 2002-2003.
The virus has spread to 27 countries and territories, more than 330 people are infected and two deaths outside the mainland have been reported.
A series of tweets from the WHO director-general Tedros mentioned such unusual cases as ‘concerning instances’ and stressed on being calm in the critical situation.
“The detection of a small number of cases may indicate more widespread transmission in other countries; in short, we may only be seeing the tip of the iceberg,” Tedros said.