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World Health Organization Warns About Increasing Severity Of Coronavirus

On Monday, the coronavirus epidemic continued to accelerate in severity, as China recorded 108 deaths in mainland China, the most recorded so far in one day, bringing the total dead in China to 1,016.

Communist China also stated that 2,467 more people were infected with the virus over the previous 24 hours, bringing the total number of infected people to 42,638. On Monday, authorities revealed that more than 7,000 of the affected patients were in critical condition.

These numbers may be an underestimate. Newsweek reported last week that “a study published in the medical journal The Lancet estimated that the number of coronavirus infections could be more than four times higher than the number given by Chinese authorities.”

The director-general of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, stated on Monday that the numbers may not be an accurate depiction of just how severe the situation is.

“As I told media yesterday, #2019nCoV spread outside #China appears to be slow now, but could accelerate. Containment remains our objective, but all countries must use the window of opportunity created by the containment strategy to prepare for the virus’s possible arrival,” Tedros said. “There’ve been some concerning instances of onward #2019nCoV spread from people with no travel history to 🇨🇳. 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.”