WHO calls Coronavirus a pandemic, UK and Italy announce war chests

The World Health Organization said for the first time on Wednesday that it now sees the coronavirus outbreak as a pandemic. "We are deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity and by the alarming levels of inaction," Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters in Geneva on Wednesday.

"We have therefore made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterised as a pandemic." The coronavirus, which emerged in China in December, has spread around the world, halting industry, bringing.

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