WHO declares coronavirus global pandemic

The coronavirus outbreak has affected more than 114 countries till now and claimed 4000+ lives. The World Health Organization has officially declared the viral COVID-19 disease as a global pandemic. As per NPR’s report WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that it is the first pandemic situation caused by the COVID 19 virus.

After H1N1, this is the first time that WHO has declared a disease as a pandemic. Around 18,000 people in 214 countries were killed because of H1N1. WHO Director-General said that there is still hope that coronavirus can be stopped from spreading and urged all the countries to take necessary actions for the same.

Coronavirus Outbreak Effect

Eight countries including US and Italy are now reporting around 1000 cases of coronavirus outbreak as it has affected around 120,000 people globally. As per the stats, the number of cases related to coronavirus has increased globally on a large scale and the number of affected people and the death rate is surely going to increase in the upcoming days.

By announcing coronavirus as a pandemic, the World Health Organization is placing it in a different category as compared to other recent dangerous outbreaks. The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa and the Zika virus outbreak in 2016 are placed in the category of international emergency.

The global pandemic has also affected all sectors including the tech industry. The production of companies like Apple and  Tesla that have factories in China has also been affected.

Number of cases and deaths

China is the most affected country as the coronavirus originated in a city in China named Wuhan. As per the online coronavirus dashboard, 80,000 people have been affected in China by coronavirus and it has claimed more than 3000 lives in the nation.

In Italy, the number of coronavirus cases has reached 10,000 and around 630 people have died. Iran and South Korea also have 9,000 and 7,700 confirmed coronavirus cases respectively.

Prevention Measures

For the prevention from coronavirus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended people to wash their hands regularly with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer. WHO also says that people should wear masks while traveling or while tending to sick people.

Nishit Raghuwanshi
A Journalism grad from Lucknow who loves writing tech news. Interested in the latest smartphones, apps, mobile gaming, and general tech. When he’s not busy covering tech developments, you can find him writing or performing rap somewhere in Delhi.