Geneva (HRNW) The UN health agency on Wednesday cautioned it was “way too early” to say when the Coronavirus or COVID-19 might end, following a drop in new cases.
“I think it’s way too early to try to predict the beginning, the middle or the end of this epidemic right now,” Michael Ryan, head of WHO’s health emergencies programme, said at the agency’s daily news conference.
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, “The number of newly reported cases from China has stabilised in the past week but that has to be interpreted with extreme caution.
“This outbreak could go in any direction,” he added.
The virus has killed more than 1,100 people and infected over 44,600 since it was first detected on December 31.
Ryan said in-depth research by WHO had managed to track down the sources of transmission in almost all the 441 cases of the virus outside of China, with eight exceptions.