World Health Organization Declares Coronavirus Pandemic

March 11, 2020 - 12:58 pm

ROME (WTIC and AP) - Expressing increasing alarm about mounting infections, the World Health Organization declared Wednesday that the global coronavirus crisis is now a pandemic.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who heads the U.N. agency, said the WHO is ``deeply concerned by the alarming levels of spread and severity'' of the outbreak. He also expressed concern about ``the alarming levels of inaction.''

``We have, therefore, made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic,`` he said at a briefing in Geneva.

``All countries can still change the course of this pandemic. If countries detect, test, treat, isolate, trace and mobilize their people in the response,`` Tedros said.