The dramatic warning was issued by the World Health Organisation (WTO). WTO director general Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus told a press conference on Thursday that coronavirus could become a worldwide pandemic, but insisted it is not yet at that stage.
He commented: “We are on the highest level of alert and highest level in terms of spread and of impact. But that is not in order to alarm or scare people.
“People need to take a reality check now and really understand an all-of-government, an all-of-society approach is needed.”
The WTO has since raised the coronavirus threat level for the entire world to “very high”, the point China has been on for some time.
This is the highest possible danger level available to the WTO.
“We are on the highest level of alert" (Image: GETTY)
A women wearing a protective mask on the London Underground (Image: GETTY)
Three new UK coronavirus cases were confirmed on Saturday bringing the total to 23.
One was a worker at Willow Bank Infant School in Berkshire, which has since been closed to allow a “deep clean”.
In a letter to parents the schools said: “We regret to inform you that we were told today that one of our members of staff has tested positive for the Coronarirus, Covid 19.
“We understand that this will worry many of you, and can reassure you that we have taken advice from Public Health England.
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The WTO has since raised the coronavirus threat level for the entire world to “very high” (Image: GETTY)
“We apologise that it has taken some time to officially inform you, however we have first had to perform the necessary checks and