WHO Director of Emergency Michael Ryan announced that the death rate due to the “Corona virus” is around 2 percent, while the death rate of SARS virus is about 10 percent..
Ryan said, according to “Sky News” satellite channel, on Wednesday evening, that the Director-General of the International Health Organization, Tadros Phanom Gebrysos, called for the convening of the Corona Experts Committee today, Thursday, as the committee will assess whether the emergency should be declared globally due to the outbreak of the virus.
This is the second time that the WHO Director-General has summoned this committee to meet on the emerging coronavirus, which has killed 132 people since it appeared in late December in China..
Ryan said that a small number of new cases of HIV infection among people in countries other than China, including Germany, raises anxiety, adding that the outbreaks are still concentrated in Wuhan and Hubei, but “the information happens and changes every hour“.
After returning from a visit to Beijing to discuss the new virus with Chinese President Xi Jinping and senior government officials, the WHO emergency director indicated that China was taking “extraordinary measures in the face of an unusual challenge” due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus..
The organization did not use the characterization of a public health emergency with an international dimension except in rare cases that required a strong international response, as in the case of the spread of swine flu (H1N1), the Zika virus in 2016, and the Ebola fever that invaded Part of West Africa between 2014 and 2016, and spread in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since 2018.
The announcement of the meeting comes at a time when the number of cases that have been recorded so far exceed the number of SARS infections in 2002 and 2003, caused by another type of coronavirus that infected 5327 in China..
SARS has caused the deaths of 774 people in the world, including 349 in China.