WHO declares COVID-19 a pandemic

The World Health Organisation has officially declared the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) a pandemic, following the most recent disclosure on the virus’ global reach.

The WHO has reported that there are over 118,000 cases in 114 countries resulting in over 4000 deaths.

Director-General of the WHO, Dr Tedros Adhanom, stated in a press conference that, “Describing the situation as a pandemic does not change WHO’s assessment of the threat posed by this coronavirus.

Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom (Photo: FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

“It doesn’t change what WHO is doing, and it doesn’t change what countries should do.”

According to WHO a pandemic is used to describe a disease that has spread “over a very wide area, crossing international boundaries and usually affecting a large number of people.”

Jamaica recorded its first case of coronavirus yesterday (March 10), bringing the total to 14 infected persons in the Caribbean.