The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the Coronavirus (COVID-19) as a global pandemic after the deadly virus spread to 114 countries, resulting in the deaths of almost 4000 people worldwide.
Taking to Twitter, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom finally declared the disease as a global pandemic, calling all nations to get very serious over the issue and take all necessary measures to contain the virus from spreading at this rate.
Explaining the term, Dr Tedros said, that the word "Pandemic" cannot be used lightly or carelessly due to its strong connotation. Coronavirus is increasing at an alarming rate and needs curbing its spread is the need of the hour, he added.
The virus, which has originated from Wuhan, China, has so far claimed 3,893 lives with 111,862 cases detected worldwide. So far, 66 people have been tested positive in India. However, no deaths have been reported in India yet.
"Thousands more are fighting for their lives in hospitals.— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) March 11, 2020
In the days and weeks ahead, we expect to see the number of #COVID19 cases, the number of deaths, and the number of affected countries climb even higher"-@DrTedros #coronavirus
Raising concerns over its increasing rate in China, WHO said that the number of cases has increased to a 13-fold since it was first originated in Wuhan.
"In the past two weeks, the number of cases of #COVID19 outside 🇨🇳 has increased 13-fold & the number of affected countries has tripled.— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) March 11, 2020
There are now more than 118,000 cases in 114 countries, & 4,291 people have lost their lives"-@DrTedros #coronavirus
Addressing the media on measures taken to reach out to the worse-affected countries, an official of WHO said that the organisation is sending supplies to Iran and 14,000 COVID-19 tests have been made in the country. He added that the supply is drawing millions of dollars.
The official said 900 people are currently in intensive care units in Iran which is a matter of concern.
"We can play the blame game later. We need to do the work. Iran is most affected. Other countries will be affected soon. Experts on the ground say Iran is doing its best. They need a lot of supplies. We are doing our best," the official said.
"All countries need to have a very close look at the epidemic in their country. They have to keep the health system ready for mitigation and a comprehensive approach is needed. Containing the affected is the key," he said.
"It is not the time for the country to move to mitigation. You need to suppress the infection otherwise this can take the whole system down," he added.