WHO declares that virus crisis is now a pandemic

ROME (AP) — Expressing increasing alarm about mounting infections, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared yesterday that the global coronavirus crisis is now a pandemic.

Head of United Nations (UN) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the WHO 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 characterised as a pandemic,” he said at a briefing in Geneva.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organisation speaks during a news conference on updates regarding on the novel coronavirus COVID-19, at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. (PHOTO: AP)

“All countries can still change the course of this pandemic. If countries detect, test, treat, isolate, trace and mobilise their people in the response,” Tedros said.