It's too early to predict the end of the current novel coronavirus outbreak, said Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the World Health Organization's health emergencies program.
“We would love to be able to predict the future,” Ryan said during a news conference on Wednesday. "I think we have to be very cautious.”
The number of new coronavirus cases being reported out of China has appeared to slow down.
"The number of newly confirmed cases reported from China has stabilized over the past week, but that must be interpreted with extreme caution. This outbreak could still go in any direction,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during the news conference.
At the news conference, Ryan said that the stabilization in cases is “reassuring” and is the "result of the huge public health operation in China.”
WHO on Wednesday reported 44,730 cases of coronavirus in China, with 1,114 deaths. Outside of China, there are 441 cases and one death, according to WHO.