THE head of the World Health Organization is warning that a few cases of the novel coronavirus that have been spread by people who never traveled to China could be “the tip of the iceberg,” as officials reported on Tuesday local time that the country’s death toll had passed 1,000 from the new virus.
Meanwhile, Chinese authorities lashed out at Western media reports that Beijing was not fully cooperating with international health experts.
In a tweet on Sunday from Geneva, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the “spread outside #China appears to be slow, but could accelerate.”
“The detection of a small number of cases may indicate more widespread transmission in other countries; in short, we may only be seeing the tip of the iceberg,” he wrote.
Ghebreyesus added that “Containment remains our objective, but all countries must use the window of opportunity created by the containment strategy to prepare for the virus’ possible arrival.”