Coronavirus characterized as a pandemic - WHO

COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic

In Summary

• WHO is deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity, and by the alarming levels of inaction.

A nurse holds a completed test with patient samples at a drive-through testing site for coronavirus, flu and RSV, currently by appointment for employees at UW Medical Center Northwest in Seattle, Washington, U.S.
A nurse holds a completed test with patient samples at a drive-through testing site for coronavirus, flu and RSV, currently by appointment for employees at UW Medical Center Northwest in Seattle, Washington, U.S.
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The World Health Organization has characterized Coronavirus as a pandemic.

The organization tweeted that it has been assessing this outbreak around the clock and is deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity, and by the alarming levels of inaction.

"We have therefore made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic," the tweet read.

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He said the government has the capacity to carry out testing of the virus.

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