Bako John Chukwudi
World Health Organisation today for the first time in 11 years declares coronavirus a pandemic. This is coming as a top US health official calls for “all hands on deck” to fight the virus that has infected more than 120,000 people and killed more than 4,300 globally.
The spread of the coronavirus across more than 100 countries now qualifies as a global pandemic, World Health Organization officials said on Wednesday, confirming what many epidemiologists have been saying for weeks.
A pandemic is defined as the “worldwide spread” of a new disease. Until now, the W.H.O. had avoided using the term to describe the epidemic leapfrogging across the world, for fear of giving the impression that it was unstoppable and countries would give up on trying to contain it. The organization had said earlier in the outbreak that it no longer officially declared when an epidemic reaches pandemic proportions, preferring instead to declare global public health emergencies.
Meanwhile, the US has more than 1,000 cases of novel coronavirus. And growing clusters of the disease are forcing many Americans to change their daily lives.
The president of the United States recognizing the challenge push forward by the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic stated through his twitter handle that he is fully prepared to use the full power of the Federal Government to deal with the United States current challenge of the CoronaVirus. More than 1,000 cases in the US are spread across at least 41 states and the District of Columbia. At least 31 people have died: 24 in Washington state, three in California, two in Florida, one in New Jersey and one in South Dakota.
Cases of novel coronavirus have been confirmed in 41 states as of Wednesday, March 11. The number of confirmed cases is expected to rise significantly because there has been a major backlog in testing. So some people with coronavirus might not even know it, CNN reports. The Vice President of the United States Mike Pence said Monday that another 4 million tests would be available by the end of the week. He said that’s on top of at least 1 million tests already in place across the country.
I am fully prepared to use the full power of the Federal Government to deal with our current challenge of the CoronaVirus!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 11, 2020