The World Health Organization (WHO) has officially declared a global health emergency regarding the coronavirus that came on the scene from within Wuhan, China; The death toll and case count is rising daily and new countries and nation-states are continuing to experience their first cases.

On Thursday, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared what they’re calling a global health emergency amid the coronavirus outbreak. While they view it as a global emergency, they’re not holding China responsible. In fact, they’re discouraging policies that ban people going to or from China even though the virus continues to spread from people that have recently been to or come from China. The Wuhan virus first came on the scene in Wuhan, China, in December of 2019.

WHO Director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated, “Over the past few weeks we have witnessed the emergence of an unknown pathogen and its growth has been unprecedented. In many ways, China is setting a new standard for outbreak response and this is not an exaggeration.” Ironically, he is praising China for ‘controlling’ the outbreak (admitting its source is there) while calling on other countries to grant Chinese entrance. In just 24 hours, the case count climbed from 6,000 to over 8,200 worldwide. The majority of victims have been elderly people living in or near Wuhan.

He would continue, “This is the time for science, not rumors. This is the time for solidarity, not stigma.”, even though the science points to the fact that cases continue to appear around the globe where people have recently traveled to or around Wuhan, China.

In the wake of the rapid spread of this virus, several major airlines are suspending flights to China and several countries are considering a suspension of all flights to and from China.