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WHO declares the coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic

US, WASHINGTON (NEWS OBSERVATORY) — World Health Organization declares the coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic.

The World Health Organization (WHO) believes that the current outbreak in the world of a disease caused by a new type of coronavirus is a pandemic. This was announced on Wednesday at a briefing in Geneva by WHO Director-General Tedros Adan Gebreyesus.

“We concluded that COVID-19 disease could be regarded as a pandemic,” he said.

The CEO warned that the word “pandemic” should not be used “inadvertently”. “If it is used incorrectly, it will cause fear or unjustified consent that the fight is lost, and this will lead to unnecessary suffering and death,” he said.

The characterization of the current outbreak as a pandemic “does not change anything in WHO’s assessment of the threat of the virus,” and does not lead to a change in its activities, as well as the tasks that countries face in the fight against infection, he stressed. The head of WHO recalled that the current outbreak is the first pandemic caused by coronavirus.

Tedros Adan Gebreyesus called on states to “take urgent and aggressive action” to combat coronavirus. He recalled that from 81 countries of the world so far there have been no reports of the presence of the disease, and in 57 countries no more than 10 cases have been registered.

According to him, the main attention should be paid to curbing the spread of the virus. In general, in the fight against the pathogen, WHO recommends the continuation of a “comprehensive approach in which restraint should be the main pillar”. In doing so, a balance must be struck “between protecting health, minimizing economic and social disruptions and respecting human rights.”

The head of WHO thanked Iran, Italy and the Republic of Korea, where a large number of cases were registered, for their efforts to “slow the spread of the virus.”


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