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The United States and other nations are ramping up efforts to fight the coronavirus that is ravaging parts of the world, with the World Health Organization estimating that there are more than 10 million people living in “high-risk areas” around the world.
In a statement on Monday, WHO Chief Executive Officer Margaret Chan called for an emergency response to the coronavet virus, which was first identified in the United States in late December.
Chan’s comments came amid a spike in the number of coronaviruses across the world over the past few days.
According to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 30,000 people have died of coronavetion in the past week alone.
The virus was first found in the U.S. in December.
While the virus has spread rapidly across the globe, it is not known to be transmitted by direct contact with the body fluids of humans.
The first confirmed cases of coronovirus were confirmed in the Philippines on December 11, and on December 15, the World Trade Center came under an unprecedented wave of attacks by a virus that was not yet identified.
Chan said that “the current situation is very serious” and called for “a rapid and concerted response.”
The U.N. agency, meanwhile, has called on all countries to be on high alert.
“In addition to strengthening public health and security measures, governments, civil society organizations, and the public must ensure that all countries take steps to protect people and the environment, and to limit the spread of the coronoviral pandemic,” said the statement, issued by the Office of the UNAIDS Director-General, in a statement.
“Citizens and institutions must be vigilant and take measures to prevent exposure to water, air, and soil that may be contaminated with the virus, as well as to reduce the potential for transmission.”
Chan has previously said that the virus could spread to areas where people have been infected with other respiratory diseases.
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said on Sunday that a “significant number” of people had died in countries around the globe from the coronivirus, with some countries reporting an average of 4,000 new cases per day.
The UNAIDs statement did not give details of the countries affected by the virus.
The World Health Assembly, which is comprised of representatives from all 50 countries, will hold a meeting in Geneva on Monday to discuss how to respond to the outbreak.
Chan also told a news conference on Monday that she is “sick and tired of waiting.”
The statement comes amid a surge in the death toll in the world’s deadliest pandemic.
A study published on Monday in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that nearly one in five new cases of COVID could be attributed to COVID vaccines administered to people in developed countries.
The researchers analyzed data from more than 9,000 clinical trials, finding that nearly a third of the trials found a benefit to the vaccines.
Chan urged countries to quickly introduce vaccine candidates, and urged them to “do their best to prevent new infections from emerging.”
The United Kingdom has announced plans to launch an “early detection system” for COVID vaccine candidates in a bid to curb the spread, which has been exacerbated by the country’s relatively low number of cases.
The country has announced that it has tested 8,000 COVID candidates to date, of which 2,000 were positive, and that a further 2,500 had positive results.
The British government has also been testing its COVID vaccination efforts.