Commuters wearing masks exit the Bangkok Mass Transit System in Thailand’s capital on Thursday. Photo: EPA-EFE

Coronavirus: Global health emergency declared by World Health Organisation, reversing earlier decision on outbreak

  • Decision comes amid growing criticism of the UN health agency’s move last week not to declare the outbreak a ‘public health emergency of international concern’
  • Disease is spreading steadily overseas as cases rise inside China
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Commuters wearing masks exit the Bangkok Mass Transit System in Thailand’s capital on Thursday. Photo: EPA-EFE
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Owen Churchill

Owen Churchill

Owen joined the Post as US correspondent in 2018 after several years working as a reporter and editor in China. He covers US-China relations, trade, and wider issues concerning China's global presence. A co-founder of the Shanghai-based news outlet Sixth Tone, he is an alumnus of London's School of Oriental and African Studies and Fudan University in Shanghai.

Robert Delaney

Robert Delaney

Robert Delaney is the Post’s North America bureau chief. He spent 11 years in China as a language student and correspondent for Dow Jones Newswires and Bloomberg, and continued covering the country as a correspondent and an academic after leaving. His debut novel, The Wounded Muse, draws on actual events that played out in Beijing while he lived there.