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WHO’s Pandemic Declaration Came Too Late, Brazil Says

  • Brazil’s health minister criticizes WHO’s handling of crisis
  • Coronavirus cases confirmed in Brazil reach 52, no fatalities
Luiz Henrique Mandetta
Luiz Henrique Mandetta

Photographer: Andre Coelho/Bloomberg

The World Health Organization was too slow in declaring the global coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, complicating authorities’ work to curb the spread of the virus, according to Brazil’s Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta.

The pandemic declaration will allow health agents to direct anyone with symptoms of the illness to a health care unit, whereas before only people arriving from specific locations such as China would receive such treatment, he explained during a meeting with lawmakers in Brazil’s Congress.