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WHO declares coronavirus outbreak a pandemic

WHO chief says number of deaths could grow in coming days

SAMAA | - Posted: Mar 11, 2020 | Last Updated: 2 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Mar 11, 2020 | Last Updated: 2 years ago

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The new coronavirus outbreak can now be characterised as a pandemic, the head of the World Health Organization said Wednesday.

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that he was alarmed by the spread and severity of the outbreak, along with a lack of action taken to combat it.

“COVID-19 can be characterised as a pandemic,” he told reporters in Geneva.

He said he expected the number of cases and deaths would grow in the coming days and weeks.

“We have never before seen a pandemic sparked by a coronavirus,” he said.

He also said hard-hit Iran was trying its best to control the outbreak but needed more supplies.

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