COVID-19 outbreak declared a pandemic

The World Health Organization just declared the novel coronavirus outbreak to be a pandemic.

The global health agency said there are 118,000 cases, more than 4,600 deaths and the virus has found a foothold on every continent except for Antarctica. It has already spread to 123 countries.

In January, the WHO declared the novel coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency of international concern. CNN announced on Monday that it is using the term pandemic to describe the current coronavirus outbreak.
The last pandemic reported in the world was the H1N1 flu pandemic in 2009, which killed hundreds of thousands globally.

A total of 3,169 people have died in China, the epicenter of outbreak, followed by Italy with 827 and Iran with 354 people.

The novel virus has claimed 60 people in South Korea, 55 in Spain, 48 in France, 38 in America, 15 in Japan, 8 in Britain, 5 in the Netherlands, 4 in Switzerland, 1 in Greece 3 each in Germany and Belgium so far. (agency)