'Fatal mistake': WHO says no country should feel it will be spared coronavirus

Taking precautions: A mother and her baby wear protective masks in Sapporo, Japan. Photo: Reuters

Stephanie Nebehay and Roland Oliphant

No country should make the "fatal mistake" of assuming it will be spared the coronavirus, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said, as governments from Iran to Australia raced to contain the epidemic's rapid global spread.