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Pandemic meaning: Coronavirus status upgraded – What is a pandemic? What does it mean?

Pandemic meaning: Coronavirus status upgraded - What is a pandemic? What does it mean? 1

Dr Ghebreyesus added affected countries must “detect, test, treat, isolate, trace and mobilise” to prevent the COVID-19 outbreak from getting worse.

He said: “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 mobilise their people in their response, those with a handful of cases can prevent those cases becoming clusters and those clusters becoming community transmission.”

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The World Health Organization (WHO) had refrained from labelling the latest coronavirus outbreak as a pandemic until today. 

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