Dr Lance O'Sullivan: International response to coronavirus bordering on hysteria

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Fri, 24 Jan 2020, 11:32AM
Health Officials in hazmat suits check body temperatures of passengers arriving from the city of Wuhan. Photo / AP

Dr Lance O'Sullivan: International response to coronavirus bordering on hysteria

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Fri, 24 Jan 2020, 11:32AM

The World Health Organisation has decided against declaring the coronavirus an international emergency.

Eighteen people have died from the disease in China, with new cases now being confirmed in Saudi Arabia, Singapore and Vietnam.

Four Edinburgh students are currently being tested for coronavirus, after showing symptoms of the disease.

Meanwhile, a New Zealand doctor in Hong Kong says the international response to coronavirus is almost bordering on hysteria.

Doctor Lance O'Sullivan told Mike Hosking while the disease is serious and deadly, the scale of the outbreak has been blown out of proportion.

"There have been 500 cases plus since December, it seems like a lot but we're talking about a country 1.4 billion."

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