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12 Feb 2020

WHO steps up international action on coronavirus as first case is confirmed in London

Health and Social Care Correspondent

Reducing deaths, protecting health workers and developing a vaccine. Those are the priorities of the World Health Organisation, set out as we go on air after a two day meeting of health experts in Geneva.

They’ve put together a global call to action to tackle coronavirus, which they’ve now renamed COVID-19.

This comes as it’s been confirmed that a woman who flew into London from China a few days ago is being treated for coronavirus, bringing the total number of UK cases to nine.

She reportedly developed symptoms after landing at Heathrow and is now in a central London hospital.