A couple walk near the deserted Forbidden City in Beijing this week. The coronavirus is rapidly spreading. Photo: AFP

Experts say WHO’s time has come to declare coronavirus outbreak world health emergency

  • World Health Organisation committee will meet on Thursday for third time in a week to decide threat posed by outbreak
  • Former WHO adviser on communicable diseases says there is ‘imminent risk’ of international spread of virus
Topic |   Coronavirus outbreak

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A couple walk near the deserted Forbidden City in Beijing this week. The coronavirus is rapidly spreading. Photo: AFP
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Catherine Wong

Catherine Wong

Catherine Wong is a reporter with the South China Morning Post in Beijing, where she focuses on China’s diplomacy and defence policy.

Simone McCarthy

Simone McCarthy

Simone McCarthy joined the Post in 2018. She previously wrote about China tech, business and society for SupChina and has a bachelor's in literature from Yale University and a master's from Columbia Journalism School.