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WHO tells countries to prepare for coronavirus pandemic, but insists it’s too soon to make that call

The WHO says the #coronavirus outbreak that has swept from China to a number of countries in Asia, the Middle East, and Europe is not yet a pandemic, but it…
People wearing protective masks shop at a pharmacy in the Iranian capital Tehran on Monday. Iran has now diagnosed more than 60 coronavirus cases, 13 of them fatal. Source: ATTA KENARE/AFP via Getty Images

The World Health Organization said the coronavirus outbreak that has swept from China to a number of countries in Asia, the Middle East, and Europe is not yet a pandemic, but it urged countries to prepare for its arrival on the assumption that a declaration may come.

Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said countries should be working to protect health workers, engaging groups that are at highest risk — for instance, the elderly — and striving to contain spread of

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