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WHO Calls Coronavirus a Pandemic as Nations Brace for Pain

  • Countries can still change the course of the outbreak: Tedros
  • Lung disease has been gaining ground in the U.S. and Europe
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World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says the coronavirus outbreak is a pandemic.(Source: Bloomberg)
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The coronavirus outbreak is now a pandemic, the World Health Organization declared, urging governments to step up containment efforts as the number of worldwide cases topped 120,000 and deaths exceeded 4,300.

The United Nations body had previously stopped short of such a designation as the illness spread from China, with major outbreaks in South Korea, Iran and Italy, where deaths due to the virus surged past 800 on Wednesday. The infection is now gaining ground across Europe and the U.S.