While more than 17,000 cases of the virus have been found inside China, the WHO has confirmed only 146 in the rest of the world — albeit in 23 countries. More will likely appear once the symptoms begin to manifest.
Tedros, however, said that China was using the right strategy of focusing its efforts on the hardest-hit places and slowing the spread, which he described as “small.” China is “protecting the Chinese people and protecting the rest of the world,” he said.
“It’s no reason to really panic now,” Tedros said. “The chances of getting this going to anywhere outside China is very low, and even in China, when you go to other provinces, it’s very low.”