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Monday, February 3
By Liza Mchedlidze

WHO calls on governments around the world to prepare for Coronavirus prevention

The World Health Organization (WHO) calls on world governments to prepare for the prevention of spreading Coronavirus. The death pall increased to more than 300 in China and the number of infected people is 15000.

Outside of China, the number of infected is 157, including 10 in Germany, 6 in France, 2 in Italy, 2 in Russia, 2 in the UK, 1 in Spain, 1 in Finland and 1 in Sweden.

The WHO has declared a public health emergency due to Coronavirus spreading. The organization sees the risks of people getting infected outside of China.

"Countries need to be prepared to need extra help to detect cases as quickly as possible and be ready to prevent from spreading the disease as soon as possible," said a WHO official in Beijing.

In Geneva, WHO Secretary-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that despite the emergency in the health sector, "there is no need to interfere in international trade and travel."

On January 31, the United States imposed a temporary ban on foreigners who had recently traveled to China.

On February 1st, similar measures were announced by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and previously- by Japan, Italy, Mongolia and Singapore.

Visiting Vienna, David Zalkaliani met with OSCE Secretary General Thomas Greminger

30.01.2020, Vienna – The Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani met with OSCE Secretary General Thomas Greminger.

The parties discussed the issues related to the cooperation between CoE and OSCE. The secretary-general highly appraised the priorities of the Georgian Presidency and expressed his readiness to promote these priorities across the OSCE area.

The parties also discussed issues of Georgia-OSCE cooperation. Special attention was focused on the grave human rights and security situation and recent developments in the occupied regions of Georgia. Conversations also included the progress of the Geneva International Discussions and OSCE’s involvement in a peaceful resolution of conflict, as well as in ensuring security on the ground.