WHO Declares Coronavirus A Pandemic

The new coronavirus outbreak can now be characterized as a pandemic, the head of the World Health Organisation said Wednesday.
“COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters in Geneva. “We have never before seen a pandemic sparked by a coronavirus.” At the briefing, the WHO Chief said the spread of the coronavirus is frightening. “The spread and severity of the deadly new coronavirus, which has infected more than 110,000 people and killed more than 4,000, is “alarming”. “We’re deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity and by the alarming levels of inaction”, he added He predicted that the number of cases and deaths would grow in the coming days and weeks. “We have never before seen a pandemic sparked by a coronavirus,” he said. He also said hard-hit Iran was trying its best to control the outbreak but needed more supplies. “Right now I think we are still very much in the beginning or middle… of this fight,” he said, warning against complacency towards the virus.
The WHO last week estimated it kills 3.4 percent of all those infected. For infected people aged over 80, the fatality rate appears to be higher than 20 percent, according to a report from an international expert mission to China last month. As for the word pandemic, “I am not worried about the word, I am more worried about what the world’s reaction to the word will be,” he told reporters.

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