WHO Declares Rapidly Spreading Coronavirus Outbreak as a Pandemic

by Helen Gonzales
WHO Declares Rapidly Spreading Coronavirus Outbreak as a Pandemic

On Wednesday, the World Health Organization has declared the new strain of Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak a pandemic. The agency noted the virus has had infected over 118,000 people worldwide. Even more, 4000 people have died due to illness. Notably, the virus has established its existence on every continent except for Antarctica. The latest reports from the WHO reveal the novel coronavirus has spread across a minimum of 114 countries worldwide. Thus it has declared the outbreak as a pandemic. While announcing the news, WHO Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said they have ringed all-the-time for countries to take aggressive and immediate action. He added now the health agency has rung the warning bell much clearer and louder. Ghebreyesus said they have never seen a strain that has triggered a pandemic. As per the executive, they have never noticed that such an outbreak can be controlled simultaneously.

An epidemic is the emergence of more than the usual number of instances of an illness in a community. Whereas, an outbreak is the occurrence of disease instances of an excess of usually expected cases. On the other hand, a pandemic is a word used to notify that a new disease has spread across the world. At the beginning of the current year, the WHO declared the COVID-19 outbreak as a threat to public health at a global extent. Now it is describing the ongoing coronavirus as a pandemic. Confirming the condition as a pandemic has not changed WHO’s review of the risk posed by the new coronavirus. The announcement has not altered the measures the agency is taking and would not change what other countries should perform.

Meanwhile, data offered by John Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering reveals the number of confirmed cases has reached over 120,000. The number of patients seems to decline in China, while instances are increasing elsewhere. Notably, the virus is spreading rapidly in the Middle East and Europe. Well, it is not the first time that the WHO has declared a disease outbreak as a pandemic. Before a decade ago, the H1N1 flu pandemic has had resulted in the death of hundreds of thousands of people worldwide.

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