Covid-19: Coronavirus outbreak declared a pandemic by WHO

Covid-19: Coronavirus outbreak declared a pandemic by WHO

 

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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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“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.

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