Coronavirus response: World Health Organization in the spotlight

January, 2020. In China, a medical team is seen attending to a patient infected by the coronavirus.
January, 2020. In China, a medical team is seen attending to a patient infected by the coronavirus. © FRANCE 24

The death toll from the new coronavirus continues to rise. It now stands at 361 fatalities, including the first death outside China, in the Philippines. More than one month after the epidemic began in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the World Health Organization has declared a state of global emergency, after initially declining to do so. This exceptional measure is intended to coordinate the international response. But its use is not without controversy as it has far-reaching diplomatic and economic consequences. Our team reports.

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A programme prepared by Patrick Lovett and Malcolm Surer.

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