GENEVA: The World Health Organization sees the outbreak of the new corona virus as a pandemic, said director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Wednesday.
According to Tedros, four countries make up 93% of the nearly 110,000 cases worldwide. “We are encouraged that Italy will take aggressive measures to contain the epidemic and we hope that these measures will take effect in the coming days,” he added.
Coronavirus, released in China in December, spread all over the world, stopping industry, stopping flights, closing schools, and forcing sport events and concerts to be postponed.
On January 30, the WHO declared an internationally worrying public health emergency “the highest level of anxiety” when fewer than 100 cases of COVID-19 and eight people-to-person transmission cases outside of China were reported.
According to Tedros, more than 118,000 cases of the disease have now been registered in 114 countries, and 4,291 people have died and the number is expected to increase.
With the exception of influenza, the WHO no longer has a pandemic category.
For weeks, WHO officials made it clear that they could use the word pandemic as a descriptive term, but stressed that it had no legal meaning. New corona virus is not flu.
As part of its previous system, the Geneva-based agency declared the 2009 H1N1 swine flu outbreak a pandemic. This turned out to be mild, which generated some criticism after pharmaceutical companies hurried to develop vaccines and drugs.