Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, chief of the WHO, said the number of cases outside China had increased 13 times in two weeks. He said that “the degree of disturbingness” made him “deeply concerned.”
A pandemic is a disease that spreads in many countries around the world at the same time.
A few hours later, Italy said that all stores except food stores and drug stores would be closed.
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced Europe’s toughest blockade to date, saying that there is no guarantee that customers are only one metre away from the company’s basic departments, and that hairdressers, restaurants and cafes will also be closed.
What does WHO say?
Dr Tedros says calling the outbreak a pandemic does not mean that the World Health Organization is changing recommendations for action on the country.
He called on governments to take “urgent and radical action” to change the direction of the epidemic.
“Several countries have demonstrated that the virus can be suppressed and controlled,” he said.
“The challenge for many countries now dealing with large clusters or community spread is not whether they can do the same thing, but whether they will.”
Governments must “balance between protecting health, reducing damage and respecting human rights.”
“We work together to calmly do the right thing and protect the world’s citizens. It’s doable,” he said.
Following his appeal, several other countries announced stricter restrictions to try to stop the virus from taking root.
Denmark-514 confirmed cases, a 10-fold increase from Monday, but no deaths so far. -Denmark will close all schools and universities starting Friday and will repatriate all public sector employees who have not held significant positions in the coming days.
The government has also urged the cancellation of events with more than 100 participants.
Meanwhile, India has suspended most foreigner visas until April 15th, with Guatemala banning European citizens from entering on Thursday.
What is happening in Italy and Iran?
The country has closed schools, stadiums, museums, night clubs and other places across the country.
WHO emergency director Michael Ryan said more than 12,000 cases had been diagnosed and the number of deaths was 827. In Italy, nearly 900 people have an intensive care unit.
Dr Ryan said the situation in Iran was “very serious.” Iran’s official figure is 354 of 9,000 deaths. WHO has sent 40,000 test kits to Iran, but there is still a shortage of ventilator and oxygen.
“Iran and Italy are suffering now, but I promise other countries will soon encounter this situation,” he said.
Earlier, German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that up to 70% of Germany’s population (about 58 million people) could be infected with coronavirus. She said that because there are no known treatments, the focus will be on slowing the spread of the virus. “It’s about winning time,” she said.
Some German virologists are skeptical that this number is high.
Professor Alexander Kekulé, a former federal government disease control consultant, told German media that he saw the worst case scenario of 40,000 cases.
The Koch Institute for Infectious Diseases says the number of confirmed cases in Germany has increased from 1,296 to 1,567.
Why is covid-19 now called a pandemic?
It is not surprising that WHO uses the word p to describe the global spread of this new coronavirus.
So far, it has only talked about the “threat” or “potential” of a pandemic. But as cases have increased in more than 100 countries and travel-unrelated numbers have increased, language has changed.
WHO is no longer “declaring” a pandemic as it has been in the past, so this has become official. It explained, but that does not mean that the pandemic cannot be controlled.
Regardless of the number of cases, this is a call for action and an appeal to all countries not to give up.
In fact, people have been told that countries should continue to follow the recommendations. This means that some people may have to step up.
But the World Health Organization has not changed its behavior or the threat level of the virus.
The use of the term “pandemic” underscores the importance of urgent action by countries around the world to respond to their outbreaks-because now everyone has a responsibility to reverse the virus.
What is happening in France and other parts of Europe ?
France says 48 people have died in the country, an increase of 15 from Tuesday. There were 2281 confirmed cases. The French health minister said the restrictions related to the coronavirus have been extended to two other areas.
In the western United States, Washington State has banned large gatherings in certain areas and has informed all school districts to prepare for possible suspensions in the next few days. The governor of King County, Seattle, said he expected a severe coronavirus outbreak in a few weeks.
In the eastern United States, the Governor of New York State announced that he will send troops into New Rochelle to curb the virus outbreak, as the total number of U.S. cases on Wednesday exceeded 1,000.
There is a one-mile (1.6 km) containment area surrounding the northern towns of Manhattan. Some have been isolated.
Several countries, including Sweden and Bulgaria and the Republic of Ireland, have recorded their first deaths, while Qatar’s confirmed cases have increased from 24 to 262.
China is the first country to discover the virus, with 80,754 confirmed cases and 3,136 deaths confirmed to date. But it had the lowest number of new infections recorded on Tuesday at just 19.
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