March 11, 2020 / 4:41 PM / a month ago

World Health Organization describes coronavirus outbreak as pandemic

GENEVA, March 11 (Reuters) - The World Health Organization sees the outbreak of the new coronavirus as a pandemic, Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday.

"We are 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 characterised as a pandemic," he told a news conference. (Reporting by Emma Farge and Michael Shields)

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