WHO seeks US$675m to help countries fight coronavirus

TOKYO, Japan (AP) — Director general of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has asked for $675 million to help countries address the expected spread of the virus. He acknowledged that the sum is a lot, but told a news briefing Wednesday that “it’s much less than the bill we will face if we do not invest in preparedness now”.

Tedros said in the last two days the UN health agency has seen the biggest jump in cases since the start of the epidemic.