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WHO declares a pandemic
The head of the WHO has warned that the organisation expects the number of coronavirus cases, deaths and number of affected countries to climb even higher, after declaring the virus a pandemic.
“We are deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity, and by the alarming levels of inaction,” said Tedros Ghebreyesus, adding pandemic was not a word to use lightly or carelessly.
“It is a word that, if misused, can cause unreasonable fear, or unjustified acceptance that the fight is over, leading to unnecessary suffering and death.”
However, he warned the WHO had not seen a pandemic before that could be controlled.
“We cannot say this loudly enough, or clearly enough, or often enough: All countries can still change the course of this pandemic.”

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