Why WHO declared COVID -19 pandemic explained

Coronavirus Explained: What does pandemic declaration mean for the world?

The World Health Organization has said that the covid-19 novel coronavirus outbreak is a pandemic.
In the last two weeks new cases have been reported in Iran, Brazil, Greece, Israel, Nigeria, New Zealand – and the list goes on.
There are more new cases being reported daily from outside China than inside.
But what does the term pandemic even mean? And does the WHO calling it one actually change anything?

W.H.O declares coronavirus ‘pandemic’ – as UK sees highest daily rise in cases

This is now officially a pandemic, the World Health Organisation confirmed today – although they declared it was not too late for countries to act, saying they were ringing the alarm bell “loud and clear”. 196 people have died in Italy in one day – while the total deaths in the UK is now eight.

Coronavirus ‘worse than a bomb’ on Italy, says doctor coordinating response

Giacomo Grasselli – a senior Italian government health official who is coordinating the network of intensive care units in Lombardy – explains the “critical” situation in Italy, brought about by the Covid-19 outbreak

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