World Health Organization calls the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic


GENEVA, March 11 (Reuters) – The World Health Organization regards the outbreak of the new coronavirus as a pandemic, chief executive officer Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday.

“We are deeply concerned with both the alarming levels of spread and severity and the alarming levels of inaction. Therefore, we have assessed that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic,” he said at a press conference.

(Report by Emma Farge and Michael Shields. Edited in Spanish by Javier López de Lérida)