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Coronavirus: WHO on the verge of declaring a pandemic

US, WASHINGTON (NEWS OBSERVATORY) — The World Health Organization is on the verge of declaring the coronavirus a world pandemic, media writes.

There are over one hundred thousand coronavirus infections in the world, but data expected from Africa and Latin America draws much attention.

If even on these two continents the virus was to appear massively, then it would be a pandemic.

The outbreak that erupted three months ago in China has affected 91 countries, killing over 3,400 people. The cures are over 55,000, a positive number, but the growth of those affected in the rest of the world is worrying.

Especially since Covid-19 begins to march on continents with more fragile health systems, such as Africa (41 cases, first in Cameroon and Togo), Latin America and the Caribbean (34 cases, first in Peru).

If the situation worsens in Africa and Latin America, the WHO could raise the level of readiness, by far “very high”, by declaring the pandemic.

For this reason, at this stage, “the main objective remains controlling the epidemic”, WHO Tedros head general Adhanom Ghebreyesus explained, stressing that if the spread slows “we gain time to find vaccines and therapies” and all countries can better equipped to treat patients.

Preparation for such a crisis can take a long time, says WHO.

“There is currently no sign telling us that during the summer the coronavirus will disappear like a normal flu.”

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