THE deadly coronavirus outbreak has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization.
There are now more than 121,000 cases of Covid-19 in 114 countries around the world and 4,373 people have died.
Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus today said: “We are deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity and by the alarming levels of inaction.
“We have therefore made the assessment that Covid-19 can be characterised as a pandemic.”
The WHO defines a pandemic as the worldwide spread of a new disease.
They occur when a new bug emerges and spreads, due to the fact most people don’t have immunity.
Dr Tedros added: “Pandemic is not a word to use lightly or carelessly. It is a word that, if misused, can cause unreasonable fear, or unjustified acceptance that the fight is over, leading to unnecessary suffering and death.
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“Describing the situation as a pandemic does not change WHO’s assessment of the threat posed by this coronavirus.
“It doesn’t change what WHO is doing, and it doesn’t change what countries should do.”
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