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Covid-19: WHO declares pandemic because of “alarming levels” of spread, severity, and inaction

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m1036 (Published 12 March 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m1036

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  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

Covid-19 has officially been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, as its director general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, warned that he was “deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity, and by the alarming levels of inaction.”

The virus began spreading in Wuhan, China, at the end of 2019 and has spread to over 100 countries, with more than 120 000 cases and over 4000 deaths reported as of 11 March.

“‘Pandemic’ is not a word to use lightly or carelessly,” …

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