Coronavirus Declared a Pandemic; Read WHO Director-General's Opening Remarks at Media Briefing

By: Woodlands Online | Published 03/11/2020


THE WOODLANDS, TX – The World Health Organization declared, March 11, that Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) can now be characterized as a pandemic.

The following is a statement by WHO Director Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus conveyed at a media briefing March 11:

“In the past two weeks, the number of cases of COVID-19 outside China has increased 13-fold, and the number of affected countries has tripled. 

There are now more than 118,000 cases in 114 countries, and 4,291 people have lost their lives.

Thousands more are fighting for their lives in hospitals.

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.

WHO has been assessing this outbreak around the clock and we are deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity, and by the alarming levels of inaction.

We have therefore made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic.”

Read the full opening remarks, here.

Click here to read The Guardians article, What is a pandemic?

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