World Health Organization (WHO) head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Wednesday that a sudden increase in cases of the new coronavirus known as COVID-19 in Italy, Iran and South Korea is “deeply concerning”.

The remarks of Tedros came at a briefing for the heads of mission to the UN Office at Geneva.

“The sudden increases of cases in Italy, the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Korea are deeply concerning,” said Tedros.

He said there are cases linked to Iran in Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait and Oman and that there are now also cases linked to Italy in Algeria,

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