Following the emergence of the coronavirus in China and subsequent spread to many other countries, claiming hundreds of lives, the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday declared a global emergency.
This announcement by the global health agency follows shortly after China declared that the virus has now claimed 213 lives.
China also announced that almost 10,000 persons have so far been infected.
The Director-General of WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, while speaking in Geneva on Thursday, stated that the agency was worried about the threat of the virus spreading to other countries.
He, therefore, called for a collective effort to check the spread of the virus.
It will be recalled that over 50 million people in Wuhan and surrounding Hubei province have been quarantined in a bid to stop the spread of the virus.
A further 102,000 people who are suspected to have contracted the respiratory sickness have been placed under medical supervision.