WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on March 11 that the Covid-19 epidemic had reached a so-called pandemic stage.
At a regular press conference in Geneva, Switzerland on March 11, the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said more than 118,000 cases have been recorded in 114 countries, and 4,291 deaths. The number of infections outside mainland China has grown 13 times in the past two weeks.
“WHO has been assessing the hourly outbreak and we are deeply concerned about both the alarming severity and severity, as well as the level of lack of disturbing action,” said WHO Director-General Tedros know in the press conference.
“Therefore we make the assessment that Covid-19 can be described as a pandemic.”
“A pandemic is not an easy or careless word to use. It is a word that, if used incorrectly, can cause unreasonable fear, or unreasonable acceptance that the struggle has ended. “The current situation is that a pandemic will not change the WHO’s assessment of the coronavirus threat,” the WHO Director-General emphasized. news conference.
It does not change what WHO is doing, and it does not change what countries should do. “
Mr Tedros said the current epidemic situation was “a crisis affecting every sector”. “This is everyone’s business,” said Tedros.
The WHO Director General also said that the number of cases and the number of countries where the case occurred “did not tell the whole picture”. “All countries can still change the direction of this pandemic,” Tedros said.
Quick measures can help stop major outbreaks and infections in the community, although this may not “change the trend”.
The challenge now, says Tedros, is not whether countries can change the spread of the virus, but whether they decide to take action or not. The WHO director said some countries were struggling due to lack of resources, but others were struggling with a “lack of determination”, but did not specify which ones.
The WHO declared a global emergency for the new strain of coronavirus on January 30 at the time the number of cases outside of China was less than 100.
In fact, WHO no longer has a category for a pandemic, except for the flu. WHO officials have signaled for weeks that they can use the word “pandemic” as a term to describe Covid-19, but stressed that it has no legal meaning.
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