Published: 10:54, January 27, 2020 | Updated: 08:34, June 6, 2023
WHO chief to visit China on novel coronavirus outbreak
By Xinhua

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus speaks during a press conference following an emergency talks over the new coronavirus  spreading in China and other nations in Geneva on Jan 22, 2020. (PIERRE ALBOUY / AFP)

GENEVA - The chief of the World Health Organization (WHO) said Sunday that he is leaving for China following the novel coronavirus outbreak situation.

The WHO head tweeted that he will go to China to meet govt & health experts to support the coronavirus response

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Twitter Sunday that he will go to China to meet with government and health experts to support the coronavirus response, and that his team would see first hand the latest developments there and strengthen the partnership with China in providing further protection against the outbreak.

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The WHO chief added that his agency is working 24/7 to support the Chinese people during this difficult time and to remain in close contact with affected countries, while the WHO is updating all countries on the situation and providing specific guidance on response.

The WHO has already activated global networks of experts, quickly developed advice for countries everywhere, and is working with them to activate their response systems, Tedros said.

Also on Sunday, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi of the United Arab Emirates, said that the UAE is ready to provide support to China and collaborate with the international community to fight the virus.

"We're closely following the Chinese government's efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus. We're confident in their ability to overcome this crisis. The UAE is ready to provide all support to China and cooperate with the international community to tackle this virus," he tweeted.

Pope Francis praised China's "great commitment" to contain the coronavirus outbreak on Sunday and said he was praying for the dead, the sick, and families of victims, Reuters reported.