The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the sweeping coronavirus outbreak, a pandemic, the first since H1N1
There are now over 118,000 cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, in 114 countries around the world.
WHO Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the number of cases outside China had increased 13-fold, reaching “alarming levels” over the past two weeks.
According to Dr tedros, calling the outbreak a pandemic did not mean the WHO was changing its advice about what countries should do but would call on governments to take “urgent and aggressive action.”
“We are deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity, and by the alarming levels of inaction,” he said. “We have called every day for countries to take urgent and aggressive action,” Tedros Adhanom, said during the announcement.
— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) March 11, 2020
A pandemic is a disease that is spreading in multiple countries around the world at the same time.