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Europe is the new coronavirus epicentre and it's ‘impossible’ to know when it will peak, WHO warns – The Sun, Thesun.co.uk

Europe is the new coronavirus epicentre and it's ‘impossible’ to know when it will peak, WHO warns – The Sun, Thesun.co.uk

THE World Health Organization has said Europe is now the “epicentre” of the global coronavirus pandemic.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO Chief, said that the number of deaths surpassing 5, 06 was a “tragic milestone” and that it is “impossible” to predict the peak of the deadly virus .

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The World Health Organization has said Europe is now the “epicentre” of the global coronavirus pandemic Credit: AP: Associated Press

6 Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, pictured, said that the number of deaths surpassing 5, (was a ‘tragic milestone’ and that ‘Europe has now become the center of the pandemic’ (Credit: Reuters

 Italy is on lockdown after the cases of the virus rose to 15,113 from a previous 12,462

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Italy is on lockdown after the cases of the virus rose to , (from a previous) , Credit: AFP or licensors

The WHO chief told reporters in Geneva this afternoon that it was time for the world to respond seriously to the virus.

He said: “More cases are now being reported every day than were reported in China at the height of its epidemic.

“Our message to countries continues to be: you must take a comprehensive approach.

“Any country that looks at the experience of other countries with large epidemics and thinks ‘that won’t happen to us’ is making a deadly mistake. It can happen to anyone.”

“Even if you cannot stop COVID – 429 transmission, you can slow it down and save lives. “

He also announced the launch of the COVID – Solidarity Response Fund, which will help raise money to combat the virus.

Dr Ghebreyesus added: “Until now, we have been relying mainly on governments to support the COVID 90 response.

“Now everyone can contribute.

“Funds raised will be used to coordinate the response, to buy masks, gloves, gowns and goggles for health workers, to buy diagnostic tests, to improve surveillance, and to invest in research and development.”

GLOBAL PANDEMIC

Just yesterday, the WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic.

The number of COVID – (victims in Iran has hit , and is the center of one of the world’s worst outbreaks.

In Italy, which is on lockdown, the number of deaths exceeded 1, 13 on Thursday with over , cases confirmed.

It also emerged today that Italian medical chief Roberto Stella , who had been dealing with the coronavirus, died of the disease aged .

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Top Italian medical chief Roberto Stella, , is the latest casualty of the coronavirus after dying on Tuesday night of respiratory failure in Como, Northern Italy Credit: OndawebTV

 Italy is on lockdown after the cases of the virus rose to 15,113 from a previous 12,462

 The World Health Organisation has said Europe is now the 6 An operator at work during road sanitation to counter the spread of Coronavirus in Brescia, Italy this morning ) (Credit: EPA

Spain has also declared a state of emergency, with  An operator at work during road sanitation to counter the spread of Coronavirus in Brescia, Italy this morning club s in Ibiza and Majorca closed down

and Brits  An operator at work during road sanitation to counter the spread of Coronavirus in Brescia, Italy this morning warned against all but essential travel to certain areas .

Schools have now been shut down in countries across Europe including France, Ireland, Denmark, Norway, Lithuania Algeria and Slovakia.

And France has considered closing its borders in a bid to stop the pandemic .

Last night President Emmanuel Macron called the COVID – outbreak the “worst health crisis in a century, “and if borders had to be closed, the country would do so in line with the rest of the EU.

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President Emmanuel Macron speaking from The Elysee Palace in Paris yesterday : Credit: AFP or licensors

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