Geneva: ‘Different countries across the world did not take proper measures to control the epidemic. The Coronavirus crisis has, therefore intensified and has become a pandemic,’ the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared. While making the announcement at a conference in Geneva, the WHO expressed concerns about the spread and growing intensity of the Novel Coronavirus. The Coronavirus outbreak, which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019, has claimed 4,729 lives till date.
Before this, the Swine Flu in 2009, was declared as a pandemic. This epidemic had originated in Mexico and claimed more than two hundred thousand lives around the world. The outbreak had delivered a blow to the global economy in billions of dollars. After that, the Ebola virus in 2014, which originated from Africa, was declared as a global health emergency. However, the WHO was hesitant in declaring the COVID-19 outbreak as a pandemic.
The Coronavirus epidemic has started spreading more rapidly since the last two weeks. The disease is spreading fiercely, specifically in Europe, the United States and the Middle Eastern nations. By Wednesday, the new Coronavirus outbreak had spread to 125 countries of the world, infecting more than 125,000 people. More than 1,000 patients were reported from 8 countries, including Italy, Iran, the United States and South Korea.
Given the developments, the WHO was forced to declare the Coronavirus as a pandemic. The WHO is believed to have acknowledged the global spread of the Novel Coronavirus with the declaration of the disease being a pandemic. In China, more than 80,000 people are infected with the virus claiming 3,169 lives in the country. After China, Italy has become the centre of infection in Europe for the COVID-19, and the death toll has reached 900.
As per global agencies, the pandemic has reached 125 countries across the globe with confirmed cases that were found even on a cruise ship at a US port. In Europe, number of cases surpassed 20,000 while 10,000 cases were reported from the Middle Eastern nations. What’s more, in countries like South Korea, Japan and the Philippines, the governments have declared a state of emergency to contain the Coronavirus pandemic.