World Health Organization declares the coronavirus a pandemic | SMN News

The World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus a pandemic on Wednesday as it spreads in more than 100 countries around the world.

The WHO defines a pandemic as “the worldwide spread of a new disease.” The determination is based on the geographic spread of a disease, the severity of illnesses it causes, and its effects on society.

COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus, has sickened more than 121,000 people and killed over 4,300 people.

On Wednesday, the WHO said it was deeply concerned by the “alarming levels of inaction” about the coronavirus outbreak but described the term “pandemic” as

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