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According to the WHO, a pandemic is "an epidemic occurring worldwide, or over a very wide area, crossing international boundaries and usually affecting a large number of people."


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Over the last two weeks the number of cases of COVID-19 outside China has increased 13-fold and the number of affected countries has tripled, Tedros said at a news conference in Geneva. The viral disease has swept into at least 114 countries and killed more than 4,000 people.

"In the days and weeks ahead, we expect to see the number of cases, the number of deaths, and the number of affected countries climb even higher," Tedros said.

"We have never before seen a pandemic sparked by a coronavirus. And we have never before seen a pandemic that can be controlled at the same time," he said. "We have called every day for countries to take urgent and aggressive action. We have rung the alarm bell loud and clear."



The number of people who died of COVID-19 outside China climbed to 1,130 as of Wednesday morning, an increase of 258 deaths from the previous day, according to the daily report released by the World Health Organization (WHO).

As of 10:00 CET Wednesday, over 110 countries and regions have reported 118,326 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 37,371 cases outside China, which marked 4,627 more infections globally, among which 4,596 new cases are outside China.


Bolivia, Jamaica, Burkina Faso and the Democratic Republic of the Congo have reported coronavirus cases for the first time in the past 24 hours as of Wednesday morning.

Additional five countries -- Serbia, Albania, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Paraguay -- have seen local transmission of COVID-19, raising the total number of countries and regions where local transmission emerged to 66 in addition to China.


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