On January 30, the declared the novel coronavirus outbreak as an and on March 11, the WHO declared the global outbreak a pandemic .

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

, the WHO Director-General , said the spread of has now reached the level of a pandemic , noting there are more than 118,000 cases in 114 countries and 4,291 deaths.

During the press conference, Dr. Tedros explained that “in the past two weeks, the number of cases of COVID-19 outside China has increased 13-fold, and the number of affected countries has tripled;” all these factors contributed to the declaration of the as a pandemic:

“We have therefore made the assessment that can be characterized as a pandemic .

Pandemic is not a word to use lightly or carelessly. It is a word that, if misused, can cause unreasonable fear, or unjustified acceptance that the fight is over, leading to unnecessary suffering and death.

Describing the situation as a pandemic does not change WHO’s assessment of the threat posed by this virus . It doesn’t change what the WHO is doing, and it doesn’t change what countries should do.

We have never before seen a pandemic sparked by a . This is the first pandemic caused by a coronavirus .”


emphasized that the pandemic can be controlled if countries “ detect , test , treat , isolate , trace , and mobilize their people in the response.”

So far, 81 countries have not reported any cases, and 57 countries have reported 10 cases or less; Mexico is included in the list as it has reported 7 .

The WHO asked governments from all countries to activate and increase their emergency response mechanisms .

Mexico’s Health Ministry

has not commented on the pandemic declaration yet.


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