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COVID-19 is 10 times deadlier than swine flu, WHO says

The novel coronavirus is 10 times more deadly than swine flu, also called H1N1, which caused a global pandemic in 2009, the World Health Organization says.

“We know that COVID-19 spreads fast, and we know that it is deadly, 10 times more deadly than the 2009 flu pandemic,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus tells a virtual briefing from Geneva.

He also calls for control measures to be lifted “slowly.”

— AFP

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