11 March 2020
WHO declares coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic

WHO declares coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic

Andrew Medichini / AP

The World Health Organization said that the situation with the spread of new coronavirus has reached the stage of a pandemic. This was reported on March 11 on the organization’s twitter account.

“A pandemic is not a word that can be used lightly or carelessly. This word, which, if used improperly, can cause unreasonable fear or unjustified recognition that the struggle is over”, the WHO specified. The organization added that recognizing the global spread of a new type of pandemic infection would not affect the efforts to combat coronavirus.

The head of WHO, Theodoros Gebreyesus, once again called on the authorities of all countries to take the necessary measures to curb the coronavirus: to conduct testing of people being in a risk zone and isolate those infected. He noted that in China and South Korea – the large foci of the pandemic spread - the situation began to improve, and the number of those infected is on the decline. According to Gebreyesus, each country should develop a nationwide approach to fight infection in order to minimize the impact of coronavirus on human health.

“This is not just a public health crisis, it is a crisis that will affect every sector of public life, so every sector and every person should be involved in the struggle”, the head of WHO added.

The new type of coronavirus epidemic began at the end of 2019 in the capital of the Chinese province of Hubei, Wuhan. At the end of January 2020, WHO recognized the infection outbreak as an emergency of international concern. A month later, against the background of the active spread of coronavirus outside China, Gebreyesus said that countries should be ready for a pandemic.