World Health Organisation declares Corona Virus outbreak as global pandemic
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The World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, saying cases outside China have risen 13-fold.
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the global health agency is “deeply concerned by the alarming levels of spread and severity" of the outbreak. He also expressed concern about “the alarming levels of inaction."
“We have, therefore, made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic," he said at a briefing in Geneva.
“If countries detect, test, treat, isolate, trace and mobilize their people in the response, those with a handful of cases can prevent those cases becoming clusters and those clusters becoming community transmission," the WHO chief added.
He called on governments to change the course of the outbreak by taking "urgent and aggressive action".
"Several countries have demonstrated that this virus can be suppressed and controlled," he said.
"The challenge for many countries who are now dealing with large clusters or community transmission is not whether they can do the same - it's whether they will."
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