Medical workers are preparing for an expected surge in COVID cases as the number of new infections increases and more healthcare workers are expected to travel to the area.
The number of coronaviruses has increased by 20 per cent in the last three weeks, according to the World Health Organization.
The agency says the number is expected to rise to more than 3,400 new cases in the first three months of 2019.
“We are seeing a tremendous number of people with infections, we are seeing an unprecedented surge in infections, with the increase in the number we have seen in the recent weeks,” said Dr. Mark D’Alton, the WHO’s director of public health.
“There is a lot of concern and we are getting that message to people who are sick.”
The WHO expects the number to rise by more than 100,000 cases per day by the end of the year.
It is expecting an increase of more than 500,000 new cases by the first half of 2019.
“The number is likely to reach more than 4,000,000 by the start of 2020.
A coronaviral outbreak has killed more than 11,000 people worldwide and forced nearly a quarter of the world’s population to seek medical care.
The WHO says it is not forecasting a global pandemic.