Following the wide and rapid spread of the novel Coronavirus across 114 countries globally, the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday; announced that the COVID-19 outbreak could be viewed as a pandemic.
The WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that every sector and every individual; must get involved in the fight against the novel coronavirus.
The organisation has called on all countries to activate and scale up emergency response mechanisms.
According to the WHO, there are now more than 118,000 cases in 114 countries; with 4,291 deaths.
According to the Director-General, the number of cases outside China has increased 13-fold in the past two weeks.
Recently, 1st News reported that WHO said that the new coronavirus now appears to be spreading much more rapidly outside China: than within but can still be contained. Furthermore, it said that stigma is more dangerous than the disease itself.
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said almost eight times as many cases had been reported outside China as inside in the previous 24 hours; adding that the risk of coronavirus spreading was now very high at a global level.
He said outbreaks in South Korea, Italy, Iran and Japan were the greatest concern; but that there was evidence that close surveillance was working in South Korea; the worst affected country outside China, and the epidemic could be contained there.
“Stigma, to be honest, is more dangerous than the virus itself. Let’s really underline that. Stigma is the most dangerous enemy,” he told a news briefing in Geneva.
He said the fight against the coronavirus should become a bridge for peace, commending the United States for supporting sending medical aid to Iran despite the tensions between them.
“I think we have a common enemy now,” he said.
The global death toll exceeded 3,000, with the number of dead in Italy jumping by 18 to 52.