The World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) turned pandemic on Wednesday morning.
“Over the past two weeks, the number of COVID-19 cases outside China increased 13-fold and tripled in the number of countries where it occurs, ” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the UN health agency said.
Further, the drastic increased and severeness of COVID-19 cases attributed on why Coronavirus turned pandemic as WHO assessed.
WHO has been assessing this outbreak around the clock and we are deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and the severity and by the alarming levels of inaction,” he added.
The head of the health agency emphasized that they haven’t seen any pandemic virus similar to COVID-19.
At present, 114 countries are being affected with 118,000 cases. There are 4,291 people died due to the highly-contagious disease.
“Of the 118,000 cases reported globally in 114 countries, more than 90 percent of cases are in just four countries. Two of those countries, China and South Korea, have significantly declining epidemics,” Tedros said.
“If countries detect, test, treat, isolate, trace, and mobilize their people in the response, those with a handful of cases can prevent those cases becoming clusters, and those clusters becoming community transmission,” he added.
What does Pandemic means?
WHO declares a virus to be pandemic when it can spread to other regions in the world rapidly.
So what when WHO declares a virus to be pandemic? This indicates that the governments should obtain activate preparedness plans and take emergency procedures to protect the public.