Europe is epicenter of coronavirus pandemic, WHO chief says

WHO head said that Europe is now at the epicenter of coronavirus pandemic, while more cases are now being reported in Europe every day than were reported in China.

Iran Press/ Europe: Europe has become the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated during Friday 13 March briefing in Geneva.

According to TASS, "Europe has now become the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, with more reported cases and deaths than the rest of the world combined, apart from China," he said. "More cases are now being reported every day than were reported in China at the height of its epidemic."

He informed that over 132,000 cases of COVID-19 had been documented in 123 states and territories. The majority of states have national plans in place for combating the virus, he noted. WHO continues to provide support to countries all over the world.

"We’re encouraged that many countries are now acting on the 8 pillars of WHO’s COVID-19 Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan," Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. "Most countries now have a national plan; most are taking a multi-sectoral approach and most have laboratory testing capacity."

In late December 2019, Chinese authorities notified WHO about an outbreak of previously unknown pneumonia in the city of Wuhan, central China. On March 11, WHO officially characterized the situation with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as a pandemic. The disease has spread to over 110 countries. According to official data, over 134,000 people have been infected with the virus globally, and over 5,000 have died.


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