The World Health Organization has declared today the coronavirius outbreak a global epidemic . There are now over 118,000 cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, in 114 countries around the world.
The WHO continues to closely monitoring spread of the virus, said Tedros Adhanom, director general of the WHO, during the announcement. “We are deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity, and by the alarming levels of inaction,” he said. “We have called every day for countries to take urgent and aggressive action.”
World leaders have also responded to the declaration by the WHO, some reactions below: