Coronavirus outbreak not yet pandemic

Such uncertainties have spurred strong measures by some countries - offending Beijing's communist government which has called for calm, fact-based responses instead of scaremongering.

China accused the United States on Monday of whipping up panic over a fast-spreading coronavirus with travel restrictions and evacuations.

Li noted how President Xi, in his meeting with Tedros, had said the coronavirus epidemic "is a devil - we can not let the devil hide".

Hong Kong's first fatality was a 39-year-old man with an underlying illness who had visited China's Wuhan city, the virtually quarantined epicenter of the outbreak.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), adresses his statement, during the 146th session of the World Health Organization Executive Board, at the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020.

"The mission is an global technical mission led by WHO".

The experts would have a range of specializations, including epidemiology, laboratories, research and development, and would work with Chinese counterparts to help guide global response efforts, he said.

The overall public health cost of the outbreak response from February to April is estimated at $675 million U.S., which does not include the social or economic consequences of the outbreak, Tedros said.

WHO is also battling misinformation, working with Google to ensure that people get facts from the United Nations health agency first when they search for information about the virus. "But yes, I hope that will be settled soon, actually". "The idea, as I understand, will be that Mr. Kushner, as the special envoy, would be participating in that meeting", said Belgian UN ambassador Marc Pecsteen de Buytswerve, whose country holds the Security Council presidency for the month of February. Really, we're waiting. As soon as we are allowed to go we will be there. "We are still waiting for that invitation", she said.