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COVID-19 Declared a Pandemic

03/14/2020

The World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic on March 11th.  The Director General of the World Health Organization Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus stated "this is not only a public health crisis it is a crisis that will touch every sector".

 

The designation of COVID-19 as a pandemic relates to the geographic extent of infection that now includes 110 nations with prospects of increased incidence in these nations by community transmission.

 

A disease outbreak is declared a pandemic when viruses demonstrate ease of spread on a person-to-person basis over many nations located on numerous continents. Designation as a pandemic does not indicate the severity of an infection.

 

The WHO has previously applied the “pandemic” categorization to only eight infections.

 

SITUATION IN NUMBERS total and new cases in last 24 hours

Globally

132 758 confirmed (7499 new) 4955 deaths (342 new)

China

80 991 confirmed (11 new) 3180 deaths (07 new)

Outside of China

51 767 confirmed (7488 new) 1775 deaths (335 new)

122 countries/territories/ areas (5 new)

WHO RISK ASSESSMENT

China Regional Level Global Level

Very High Very High Very High