A World Health Organization’s (WHO) emergency panel on Thursday declared the deadly coronavirus an emergency of international concern.

The announcement was made by WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at the UN health agency’s headquarters in Geneva.

Tedros returned from China on Wednesday and praised Beijing for the way it has responded to the outbreak.

He said the declaration was in no way an indictment of China’s handling of the outbreak that has claimed 170 lives, with around 8,000 cases reported so far.

“We are all in this together and we can only stop it together,” the WHO chief

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