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WHO : THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION WARNED on Thursday that several countries were not showing ''the level of political commitment''-

Needed to ''match the level of threat we all face. ''This is not a drill,'' WHO chief Tedros Adhanom  Ghebreyesus told reporters. ''This epidemic is a threat for every country, rich or poor.''

The comments came as the impact of the virus rapidly ripples across sectors. The airline industry could lose up to $113 billion in revenue this year due to the impact of the new coronavirus, the International Air Transport warned, as governments issued travel instructions ot ban visitors from virus hotspots.

ROME : OVER 300 MILLION STUDENTS OUT OF SCHOOL as WHO calls for a energized Virus response.

Almost 300 million students worldwide faced weeks at home with Italy and India the latest to shut schools over the deadly new coronavirus, as health officials warned many countries were not doing enough to fight the outbreak.

More than 97,000 people have been infected and over 3,000 have died worldwide from the virus which by Thursday had reached more than 80 countries and territories.

The US state of California declared a state of emergency following its first coronavirus fatality - raising the US death toll to to 14 - and a cruise ship was kept off shore after passengers and crew members developed symptoms.

Britain and Switzerland also reported their first deaths from the outbreak on Thursday, while Bosnia and South Africa confirmed their first cases.

Most death and infections are still in China, where the virus first emerged late last year, prompting the country to quarantine cities, temporarily shut factories and close schools indefinitely.

But infections are now rising faster abroad than inside China, with South Korea, with Iran and Italy emerging as hotspots.

The number of confirmed viruses cases in Greece surged after 23 travelers recently returned from a bus trip to Israel and Egypt tested positive for the virus.

France also reported a stiff jump in cases, bringing its total to 377, and two additional deaths that edged the country total to six.

Several countries have implemented extraordinary measures, with Unesco saying on Wednesday that school closures in more than a dozen countries have affected 290.5 million children.

India later announced that it was closing all primary schools in the capital New Delhi until the end of March to prevent the virus from spreading.

While temporary school closures during crises are not new, Unesco chief Audrey Azoulay said  ''the global scale and speed of the current educational disruption is unparalleled, and, if prolonged, could threaten the right to education.

Italy has ordered schools and universities shut until March 15, and on Thursday reported a sharp rise in coronavirus deaths, bringing the total to 148.

South Korea - second only to China in terms of infections with cases jumping past 6,000 on Thursday - has postponed the start of the next term until March 23, while in Japan nearly all schools are closed until early April.

Schools have also shut in Iran, where 107 people have died from the disease.

Israel this week barred entry to to almost all  non-resident from five European nations,  prompting Lufthansa to cancel all its flights to the country on Thursday.

Beijing is now concerned about importing cases, with 20 infections brought in from abroad so far -prompting several cities to require people arriving from hard hot countries to self-quarantine

The US federal government said it was going to buy 500 million respirators to stockpile for use by  healthcare professionals as California declared its state of emergency over the virus.

Elsewhere, governments ramped up their own responses. Japan said it will quarantine all arrivals from China and South Korea for two weeks, while the United Arab Emirates warned its citizens to ''avoid travelling''.

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