Coronavirus outbreak: WHO declares COVID-19 a global pandemic

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has officially declared the outbreak of novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, a pandemic. WHO director-general Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus made the announcement at a press conference Wednesday.

“Over the past two weeks, the number of cases of COVID-19 outside China has increased thirteenfold and the number of affected countries has tripled,” he said. “In the days and weeks ahead, we expect to see the number of cases, the number of deaths and the number of affected countries climb even higher,” he said.

“In the days and weeks ahead, we expect to see the number of cases, the number of deaths and the number of affected countries climb even higher,” Tedros said. “We’re deeply concerned both by the alarming spread and severity, and the alarming levels of inaction.”

For these reasons, he said, the WHO determined that the disease outbreak should be called a pandemic.

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37 comments

  1. Humann 67 24 March, 2020 at 19:56 Reply

    Is WHO only for getting 'alarmed' and 'concerned'? What have u done to help the world in containing it? U failed absolutely in alerting and advising the world timely. Now using fancy words and lamenting like drama queens!!! Thousands are dying. No effective communication or containment measures. At least replace this guy with somebody who can communicate better… To say the least!

  2. Bryan Max 24 March, 2020 at 19:56 Reply

    This man needs to be fired. He made it worse. He told us travel bans were not needed and delayed calling it a pandemic which allowed it to spread. 😡He also needs to be held accountable

  3. Tony 24 March, 2020 at 19:56 Reply

    Global pandemic is redundant . The word pandemic means global. Whereas, epidemic means local. Hence, covid-19 is now a pandemic crisis.

  4. power g 24 March, 2020 at 19:56 Reply

    This guy talk about the sickness something what bill gates allready knew or created…. do you know who is the number 2 sponsor of the who ?? Bill gates also bloomberg so please wake up this people are dangerous

  5. Winston McGregor 24 March, 2020 at 19:56 Reply

    The virus is exposing man. I thought we were for equality and what not. If this really takes a turn for the worst do u think wealth status will matter more or less? Atheism is for the cowards afraid of the after life. So they play God and get you to think your value is based on how much materials, paper and plastic, such things which have a controlled distribution plan, you can collect. Or how well you can use your brain. You can argue the avg man has mental problems, from several insecurity, anxiety, depression etc. and most of these men are in power or seek it to keep others they envy under their boot. Because if everyone had a chance to show or express their "I.Q." alot more great gifts would shine and expose the Evol intent of the so called "elite".
    😂😂God is just waiting for ur moment with God. No belief, hope or payment exalts you from the truth. Judgment is coming, wether here on earth or at death. He's coming to you. No man can be immortal because no man is escaping. God has long as man exists to correct and tame evil. No rush. God's existence doesn't need the approval of man. Man needs the approval of God to exist.
    Woooooooooo! Who says Hip-Hop kills brain cells?

  6. PTL 24 March, 2020 at 19:56 Reply

    Maybe he should go work with all the front line workers with no mask, no awareness of who is infectious. He has endangered the Police, the Paramedics, the shelters, the schools –the WHOLE WORLD, their Blood is on his hands!

  7. PTL 24 March, 2020 at 19:56 Reply

    This man should be fired!!! He is very uneducated on viral diseases especially on viruses that are airborne! Where did he go for his education? He acted 2 months too late!!

  8. -JC- Mtn4Runner 24 March, 2020 at 19:56 Reply

    Director General Mr. Tedros, YOU HAVE FAILED AND ALSO DISQUALIFIED TO BE A CONTROL TOWER. IT'S TIME TO PUT EVERYTHING ON THE TABLE AND LEAVE YOUR SPOT.

  9. Minh Hieu 24 March, 2020 at 19:56 Reply

    Don’t you change the name convid19
    It is wuhan virus , China virus. Learn it🖕🦠🦠🦠🦠🦠🖕🖕🖕🖕

  10. Dav Pow 24 March, 2020 at 19:56 Reply

    Dav Pow 5 minutes ago

    I believe the public should know if anyone individual who in the past contracted SARS come down and presented with SARS CO V 2, the disease being called COVID19? If so is this a mutation??? I would like to have that question answered otherwise others will ask the very same question???

    Is it evolving??? As the WHO you have the ability to make the action to nations of upmost importance

  11. Dav Pow 24 March, 2020 at 19:56 Reply

    I believe the public should know if anyone individual who in the past contracted SARS come down and presented with SARS CO V 2, the disease being called COVID19? If so is this a mutation??? I would like to have that question answered otherwise others will ask the very same question???

  12. Harpreet Terkiana 24 March, 2020 at 19:56 Reply

    Sir jab santizer say hand wash krnay say crona ka virus mar jata ha to kya santizer use kr kay app koi madcine bna do other app frindely crona bna lo ju crona ko kthm kr skta ho jasy rebiz ka ilaz tha

  13. I 80 MONFORT of COLORADO 24 March, 2020 at 19:56 Reply

    "When E.F. HUTTON talks, people listen"….. Do you know the "REAL" man's name they are referring too as [E.F. HUTTON] ? When HE talked, people listened!

  14. Donovan 24 March, 2020 at 19:56 Reply

    China is slowly taking over the world, purchasing one position of power after another, including The WHO.

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