March 16, 2020 / 4:12 PM / 18 days ago

World Health Organization says 'test, test, test' for coronavirus

ZURICH/LAUSANNE, March 16 (Reuters) - The World Health Organization called on all countries on Monday to ramp up their testing programmes as the best way to slow the advance of the coronavirus pandemic.

“We have a simple message to all countries - test, test, test,” WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a press conference in Geneva.

Without testing, cases could not be isolated and the chain of infection would not be broken, he added.

Reporting by John Revill and Emma Farge; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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