The World Health Organization has declared the Coronavirus a global emergency on Thursday.

The organization stated in their press briefing that the Coronavirus has reached the state of a global health emergency.

“The main reason for this declaration is not what is happening in China but what is happening in other countries,” said the WHO committee.

The virus has killed at least 171 people and infected more than 8,200.

Watch the press briefing below:

The W.H.O made the statement on Twitter.