Health Emergency Alert: Higher Health Communique on Novel Corona Virus

In early January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO), China Country office flagged the discovery of a
virus, known as the Novel Coronavirus. It has been identified to be zoonotic, meaning it can spread from
animals to humans. The virus is very contagious and spreads from one infected person to another, through
coughing and sneezing, close personal contact, etc. The infected person presents cold like symptoms and
respiratory tract illnesses. The virus has since spread at a high pace outside China, with reported cases in the
following countries, Japan, Republic of Korea, Vietnam, Republic of Singapore, Australia, Thailand, Federal
Democratic Republic of Nepal, United States of America, French, and one suspected case in Africa, reported
in the Ivory Coast.

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