BREAKING NEWS: WHO Declares COVID-19 A Pandemic; Canada Commits $1B

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

The World Health Organization is officially characterizing the COVID-19 coronavirus a pandemic, Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced today.

"We are deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity and by the alarming levels of inaction. We have therefore made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic," he told a news conference. 

“There are now more than 118,000 cases in 114 countries and 4,291 people have lost their lives,” Dr. Tedros said. “Thousands more are fighting for their lives in hospitals. In the days and weeks ahead, we expect to see the number of COVID-19 cases, the number of deaths and the number of affected countries climb even higher.”

The organization adds describing the situation as a pandemic doesn’t change its assessment of the virus’ threat.

Earlier today, the Canadian government announced that it is launching a $1-billion response fund to fuel the domestic and global fight to contain the novel coronavirus.

Anna Kroupina

Anna Kroupina Journalist

Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.

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