The head of the World Health Organization officially characterized the coronavirus outbreak as a pandemic on Wednesday.“This is the first pandemic caused by the coronavirus,” the WHO’s director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said during a news conference.Until now, the outbreak of the coronavirus that has struck China, Italy, the U.S. and more than 100 other countries and killed more than 4,000 people had been called a public health emergency of international concern.Let our news meet your inbox. The news and stories that matters, delivered weekday mornings.The difference centers on just how widespread the virus has become.”An influenza pandemic occurs when a new influenza virus emerges and spreads around the world, and most people do not have immunity,” the WHO states on its website. “Viruses that have caused past pandemics typically originated from animal influenza viruses.”This is the first pandemic caused by a #coronavirus. We cannot say this loudly enough, or clearly enough, or often enough: all countries can still change the course of this pandemic. This is the first pandemic that can be controlled.https://t.co/dIoa4jYAUN— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) March 11, 2020 Tedros said the announcement will not affect how the WHO is confronting the spread of the virus and should not


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