LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) – The U.N. secretary general has told The Associated Press that the virus outbreak that began in China â€œis not out of control but it is a very dangerous situation.â€
Antonio Guterres said in an interview Tuesday that â€œthe risks are enormous and we need to be prepared worldwide for that.â€
The outbreak has infected more than 73,000 people globally. The World Health Organization has named the illness COVID-19, referring to its origin late last year and the coronavirus that causes it.
The U.N. chief was in Pakistan for a conference on 40 years of refugees fleeing neighboring war-torn Afghanistan.