WHO declines to declare spread of coronavirus a pandemic


Last updated 2/28/2020 at 11:45pm

Zachary Stieber

Special to Valley News

The spread of the new coronavirus hasn’t met the level of a pandemic, the World Health Organization said Monday even as the number of cases and deaths continued rising sharply in Iran, South Korea and Italy.

The “sudden increase” in cases in those three countries are “deeply concerning,” WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters in Geneva, but he said that experts at the agency have decided against describing the situation as a “pandemic.”

“Does this virus have pandemic potential? Absolutely it has. Are we there ye...

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