WHO terms coronavirus ‘a pandemic’, slams countries’ inaction
GENEVA: The World Health Organization on Wednesday announced the novel coronavirus a “pandemic” as in excess of 4,000 individuals passed on and the contaminated cost shot over 120,000 over the globe.
Tending to a question and answer session, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the quantity of cases outside of China has risen 13-overlay in the course of recent weeks.
The body “has been surveying this flare-up nonstop” and was “profoundly worried by the disturbing degrees of spread and seriousness just as the inaction”, he said.
“We have along these lines made the appraisal that #COVID19 can be portrayed as a pandemic,” Ghebreyesus included.
Altogether, the quantity of nations where the infection has spread has significantly increased over a similar timeframe.
“There are presently in excess of 118,000 cases in 114 nations, and 4,291 individuals have lost their lives,” he said. “Thousands more are battling for their lives in emergency clinics,” he noted, cautioning that sooner rather than later, the quantity of cases, passings, and influenced nations could soar considerably higher.
Taking note of that “pandemic” was not a word to utilize softly or thoughtlessly, the WHO high ranking representative underlined: “We have at no other time seen a pandemic started by a coronavirus. What’s more, we have at no other time seen a pandemic that can be controlled simultaneously.”
The WHO, which has been in a full-reaction mode, has “called each day for nations to make earnest and forceful move”, Ghebreyesus said.
Over 90% of the 118,000 coronavirus cases detailed in 114 nations are in just four nations, of which two — China and South Korea — “have essentially declining plagues”.
He educated the media that there were no coronavirus cases in 81 nations, while 57 of those that had announced had 10 cases or less. “We can’t state this uproariously enough, or plainly enough, or frequently enough: all nations can at present change the course of this pandemic,” he said.