World Health Organization declares COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic

The World Health Organization is officially designating the coronavirus outbreak as a pandemic.

At a press conference, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says the organization “has been assessing this outbreak around the clock and we’re deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity and the alarming levels of inaction.

“We have therefore made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterized by ‘pandemic,'” he says.

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus speaks during a press briefing on the coronavirus at the WHO headquarters in Geneva on March 9, 2020. (Fabrice Coffrini/ AFP)

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