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Coronavirus Outbreak (COVID – 19): WHO Update (11 March 2020)



The head of the World Health Organization Tedros Ghebreyesus said his organization has made the assessment that COVID-19 “can be characterized as a pandemic.”

Speaking to reporters in Geneva today (11 Mar), Dr. Tedros said the number of cases of COVID-19 outside China has increased 13-fold, and the number of affected countries has tripled in the past two weeks.

He said there were now more than 118,000 cases in 114 countries, and 4,291 people have lost their lives, as thousands more fight for their lives in hospitals. He expected the number of cases, deaths, and affected countries to climb even higher in the days and weeks ahead.

The Director-General said WHO has been assessing this outbreak around the clock and was “deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity, and by the alarming levels of inaction.”

He warned however that the word pandemic “is not a word to use lightly or carelessly. It is a word that, if misused, can cause unreasonable fear, or unjustified acceptance that the fight is over, leading to unnecessary suffering and death.”

Tedros said this was the “first pandemic caused by a coronavirus,” but added that it was also the first pandemic that “can be controlled.”

Tedros said describing the situation as a pandemic does not change what WHO is doing, and what countries should do. He said WHO has been in full response mode since it was notified of the first cases and called on countries to take urgent and aggressive action.

The WHO chief said, of the 118,000 cases reported globally in 114 countries, more than 90 percent of cases are in just four countries, and two of those – China and the Republic of Korea – have significantly declining epidemics. He added that 81 countries have not reported any cases, and 57 countries have reported ten cases or less.

SOUNDBITE (English) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“We cannot say this loudly enough, or clearly enough, or often enough: all countries can still change the course of this pandemic. If countries detect, test, treat, isolate, trace, and mobilize their people in the response, those with a handful of cases can prevent those cases becoming clusters, and those clusters becoming community transmission. Even those countries with community transmission or larger clusters can turn the tide on this virus.”

Tedros said several countries have demonstrated that this virus can be suppressed and controlled, adding that the challenge for many countries who are now dealing with large clusters or community transmission is not whether they can do the same, it’s whether they will.

He noted, however, that some countries are struggling with a lack of capacity, resources, while some countries are struggling with a lack of resolve.

Tedros reminded that countries must take a whole-of-government, whole-of-society approach, built around a comprehensive strategy to prevent infections, save lives and minimize impact.

SOUNDBITE (English) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“First, prepare and be ready. Second, detect, protect and treat. Third, reduce transmission. Fourth, innovate and learn. I remind all countries that we are calling on you to activate and scale up your emergency response mechanisms; Communicate with your people about the risks and how they can protect themselves – this is everybody’s business; Find, isolate, test and treat every case and trace every contact; Ready your hospitals; Protect and train your health workers; And let’s all look out for each other, because we need each other.”

The WHO Director-General said there has been so much attention on one word, but listed other words that matter much more, and that are much more actionable: Prevention; Preparedness; Public health; Political leadership; and most of all, people.

Tedros said we are in this together, to do the right things with calm and protect the citizens of the world, which he said is doable.

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  1. WHO is who? The body that has lost its credibility, unsuspecting lives were lost due to downplaying the covid19 so low that 100s of 1000s of people have lost their lives. This is the worst ever reputation of WHO in historic times. Tedros must be let go and held accountable for his blatant actions of ignoring the span of covid19. it is now becoming clear that WHO has been bought over by communist Chinese political figures. debriefing the world based on propaganda Chinese media and the country that has zero credibility and zero human rights. What a historic shame on WHO! no more righteous cause for concern by WHO. disgustingly sad.

  2. Who=black=fked

  3. Who's who??

  4. Tedros…the CCP puppet. Should resign immediately. Wuhan Flu.

  5. China and W H O figures are wrong…. Real estimate deaths in China 130,000 ……eg. only 1 in 6 deaths reported in just one of the 34 non stop burning crematoriums !
    13,000 beds in Wuhan NOT ENOUGH….China adding another 18,000 beds JUST in WUHAN ALONE….WHY ? If China figures are true, then why citizens starving? Why make another 18,000 beds just in one area alone !
    Why people locked up to die in buildings ? Your figures are wrong ! Other utubes expose real figures….eg Steve Bannon,….

  6. HASN'T W H O humiliated itself ! Everyone MUST KNOW it was a PANDEMIC already in December 2019 ! ! Japanese medical staff CAUGHT VIRUSES by W H O fooling the world by their "don't know" ; don't know, don't know, don't know WELL, WE ALL MUST KNOW so should we not REPLACE THEM for fooling themselves and the world !
    China and W H O figures are wrong…. Real estimate deaths in China 130,000 ……eg. only 1 in 6 deaths reported in just one of the 34 non stop burning crematoriums !
    13,000 beds in Wuhan NOT ENOUGH….China adding another 18,000 beds JUST in WUHAN ALONE….WHY ? If China figures are true, then why citizens starving? Why make another 18,000 beds just in one area alone !
    Why people locked up to die in buildings ? Your figures are wrong ! Other utubes expose real figures….eg Steve Bannon,….

  7. Director Gen Tedros, you should resign from WHO and join CHO China Health ORG

  8. Now WHO became the Worst Health Organization.

  9. If you look attentively on 41:07 to 41:09 you see there is a kind of laugh the answer to help Italy, He is WHO

  10. No one has a mask on here, not even the camera operators. WHO IS A JOKE

  11. Incompetent WHO Chief should resign. Why was he fiddling for three months?

  12. THE '' WHO '' IS A CORRUPT ORGANISATION OF INCOMPETENT MONEY-ORIENTED FAKE MEDICAL WORKERS  !!! : 
     SO, DISMANTLE  IT  A.S.A.P.   !!!

  13. these clowns of the united nations world health organization should have warned the entire world this virus was a pandemic months ago
    that this was an unknown airborne contagion
    instead they down played the infection of every new country
    so next to nothing was done and now its too late good work clowns

  14. I heed

  15. WHO ALL ARE BED PEOPLES THEY WORK FOR MONEY VERY BAD.😭😭😭😭😭😭

  16. While millions of people die every year, from preventable deaths & WHO is never as concerned about that pandemic <<< YOU HYPOCRITES

  17. Global Pandemic

  18. It was a pandemic in December 2019. I blame China because it took them too long to tell the world about the virus! Now it is out of control! I still want to know can you contact the virus through the Mail Postal System from the mail & packages we receive daily from other states & from overseas? I have asked this question many times. All I can say is "PRAY"!

  19. Shut down WHO, lay off Tedros who help China cover up her outbreak. We need to prosecute China who violate the world's rule to make chemical weapons and lead to outbreak anywhere of the world!!

  20. La Muerte del Padre San Pío de Pietrelcina y su última Profecía para todos los Católicos, CUANDO SE VEA UN CORAZON EN EL CIELO NO ABRIR PUERTAS NI VENTANAS,,,, ESE FENOMENO SE VIO ENTRE ENERO Y FEBRERO DE ESTE AÑO EN LA NOCHE

  21. パンデミックの発表遅かったぞ…

  22. Does the World Health Organization has any plan for the refugees worldwide? They're the most vulnerable people especially in this Covid-19 pandemic.

  23. You Zionist and y’all false flags. (CAN ANY OF Y’ALL SAY BLOWBACK)

  24. What are the methods of communication of the virus is it airborne? Can it survive in water? Can animals contract it and what is the mutation rate?

  25. Dislike WHO/CHO DG.

  26. These guys do nothing but talk.. its hard for people to continue to listen to this… Best of luck to everyone does care tho..

  27. Only now? Warning signs were a month ago. Oh! 10 known in Washington DC infected. We just went over the limit and caused the pandemic.

  28. For accuracy the WHO will be renamed the CHO – CHINESE HEALTH ORGANIZATION

  29. 512 views. That says it all. Do you understand?

  30. "It's a pandemic." Captain Obvious for WHO Director.

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