The new coronavirus outbreak has reached a “decisive point,” the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. 

“We are at a decisive point. For the past two days, the number of new cases reported in the rest of the world has exceeded the number of new cases in China,” said Tedros Adhanom said at a news conference at the WHO headquarters in Geneva.

“This virus has pandemic potential,” he added.

Earlier in the day, China reported a total of 78,630 cases of COVID-19 to WHO, including 2,747 deaths.

Outside China, there were 3,474 cases in 44

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