On January 30, the World Health Organization has declared the coronavirus outbreak a Global Public Health Emergency. The WHO emergency committee had convened twice   (on January 22 and January 23) and had declined to make such a declaration for the novel coronavirus.
After about a week, at its third meeting, the WHO has declared the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).
A PHEIC is defined as “an extraordinary event which is determined to constitute a public health risk to other States through the international spread of disease and to potentially require a coordinated international response”. This definition implies a situation that is: