The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic in the face of a significant increase in cases worldwide. He has reported that the number of cases of COVID-19 has increased by 13 outside China, the epicenter of the epidemic, in the last two weeks.
«This is not just a public health crisis, it is a crisis that will affect all sectors»
«WHO has been assessing the outbreak throughout the day and we are deeply concerned about both alarming levels of spread and severity and alarming levels of inaction. We have therefore assessed that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic,» said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, DIRECTOR-General of WHO, at a press conference.
In total, about 121,500 people are affected by SARS-CoV-2, the epidemic virus. More than 4,370 people have already died, of which 49 have been in Spain, the fifth country most affected by the pandemic. More than 66,200 people have recovered since the outbreak, according to the map from the Johns Hopkins University Center for Science and Systems Engineering.
The WHO Secretary-General has stated that this is the first time a pandemic caused by a coronavirus has been seen. «We’ve never seen it be controlled at the same time before,» he said. The expert recalled that 90% of cases are concentrated in four countries: China, Italy, Iran and South Korea. A reduction in the daily rate of the disease is already being seen in China and South Korea.
Maintaining prevention measures
Although the situation in COVID-19 has gone from epidemic to pandemic, WHO has noted that the ongoing assessment of the «threat» is unchanged. Neither will the measures nor the recommendations. «We are in this together, to do the right things calmly and protect the citizens. It’s doable.»
However, the WHO Secretary-General has called for the collaboration of all countries to detect, test, treat, isolate, track and raise awareness of society to take the necessary preventive measures. It underlined that countries with community transmission or large pockets of disease can change the course of the evolution of the new coronavirus.
WHO has finally called for countries to activate and expand their coronavirus response mechanisms and to inform society of risks and how to protect themselves. «We are in this together, to do the right things calmly and protect the citizens of the world. It is feasible,» concluded Adhanom Ghebreyesus.