As the COVID-19 global pandemic continues, get the latest updates on its status HERE via the Untrasonic News Bulletin (UNB!).
A pneumonia of unknown cause detected in Wuhan, China was first reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) Country Office in China on 31 December 2019.
WHO is working 24/7 to analyse data, provide advice, coordinate with partners, help countries prepare, increase supplies and manage expert networks.
The outbreak was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on 30 January 2020.
The international community has asked for US$675 million to help protect states with weaker health systems as part of its Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan.
On 11 February 2020, WHO announced a name for the new coronavirus disease: COVID-19.
HOW IT SPREADS
Coronavirus disease spreads primarily through contact with an infected person when they cough or sneeze. It also spreads when a person touches a surface or object that has the virus on it, then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth.