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World Health Organization warns that coronavirus is putting people’s lives at risk

World Health Organization warns that coronavirus is putting people's lives at risk

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Posted: 02/13/2020 09:28 am EST

Updated: 02/13/2020 07:43 pm EST

The World Health Organization warned Wednesday that the pandemic is putting people’s lives at risk because the world’s richest and most powerful countries are allowing their economies to decline and are letting their people die.

In the latest grim assessment, WHO’s director general told a news conference that there was “clear evidence of an upward spiral” in the number of deaths caused by the coronavirus as countries in Europe have cut back or stopped testing for those who have the virus.

Worldwide the death toll from coronavirus rose to nearly 37,000, with more than 1 million infections. Italy has been worst hit with more than 40,000 dead and over 1 million cases.

“We have entered a new period of social distancing and the measures that are being put in place are having a dramatic effect,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a news conference.

“The epidemic is still going, we are not out of the woods, and that’s where we have to be realistic,” Tedros said.

The WHO director general said the virus was spreading like wildfire, and

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