February 28, 2020 / 6:10 PM / a month ago

U.N. chief says window for containment of coronavirus narrowing

FILE PHOTO: Antonio Guterres, United Nations (UN) Secretary General, speaks at a news conference at the 32nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and the Government of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, February 10, 2019. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File Photo

(Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Friday that containment of the global spread of coronavirus was possible “but the window of opportunity is narrowing.”

“This not a time for panic – it is time to be prepared – fully prepared,” he told reporters in New York.

“Now is the time for all governments to step up and do everything possible to contain the disease,” he said. “We know containment is possible, but the window of opportunity is narrowing.”

Reporting by Michelle Nichols

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