WASHINGTON: The World Health Organization (WHO) convenes an emergency committee meeting to determine the public health emergency of the novel Coronavirus outbreak.
"The WHO's top priority is to prevent the spread of the virus in China and globally," World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Fibrosis told an online news conference in Geneva.
"We are monitoring the situation every moment of every day," he said.
The Emergency Committee will also make recommendations on how to deal with the crisis.
Due to the seriousness of the situation, arrangements have been made for journalists to attend a press conference from different capitals of the world.
Last week, the World Health Organization's committee decided in a two-day meeting that the virus was a serious concern in China, so it was not yet a global emergency.
At that time, the vote on the matter was almost split, and today's meeting will determine whether the virus is an emergency.
Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, head of the World Health Organization's Emergency Disease Unit, advised all nations to avoid panic and focus on controlling the disease.
"We have a directive for all countries to quickly identify cases, isolate patients and provide treatment and avoid the most humane contact, including at home," he said.
Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove also instructed governments, agencies and the media to responsibly disclose risks and avoid misleading information.
On the question of spreading the virus from the air, he said it is transmitted through respiration and direct physical contact.
The rapid spread of the virus is a cause for concern, but they are not yet sure how it happened, said Dr. Michael Ryan, executive director of the Health Emergency Program.
"We use the knowledge we have and identify strategies to prevent the virus, we cannot choose to step back and do nothing," he said.
Stressing the need for 'widespread partnerships' between the public and private sectors to seek treatment, he said the World Health Organization is working with China and other nations to determine the issue.
Dr. Michael Ryan stressed the need for nations to set up measures to eradicate the virus, saying that "194 countries are implementing individual measures that are likely to cause an economic, social and political catastrophe." '.
Dr. Tedros said the global community has the financial means and the political will to deal with this situation.
"We agree with China on taking serious and concrete steps at the centre of the virus because it is easier to deal with, but it is difficult if you have multiple centres," he said.