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    GENEVA (Sputnik) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) is launching a program to assist countries in stemming the spread of the new form of coronavirus, asking for $675 million to implement it, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the WHO, said on Wednesday.

    "Today, we are launching a strategic preparedness and response plan to support countries to prevent, detect, and diagnose onward transmission. We are requesting $675 million to fund the plan for the next three months", the official said during a press briefing.

    The WHO head added that there were 24,363 confirmed coronavirus cases in China alone, and 191 cases in other countries.

    Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus speaks during a news conference after a meeting of the Emergency Committee on the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Geneva, Switzerland 30 January 2020.
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    Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus speaks during a news conference after a meeting of the Emergency Committee on the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Geneva, Switzerland 30 January 2020.

    The epidemic of coronavirus, first reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan, has been underway since late December. WHO declared a global health emergency last Thursday in light of the outbreak.

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