World Health Organization declares COVID-19 a pandemic, urges African countries to prepare now

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

Chief White House Correspondent for | + posts

Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

The World Health Organization on Wednesday declared COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, an outright pandemic.

Experts say a pandemic for WHO means the coronavirus is spreading from person to person rapidly and is almost out of control and should be taken seriously and tackled globally.

More specifically, WHO defines a pandemic as the global spread of a new disease for which most people do not have immunity.

COVID-19 has killed more than 4300 people around the world and infected over 120,000 others in at least 118 countries and regions.

At a press briefing on Wednesday, WHO officials said they were encouraged by progress made in Sub-Saharan Africa where at least 41 countries have successfully completed action plans to tackle the virus.

However, WHO urged all countries, including in Sub-Saharan Africa to get ready, to prepare for impact.

In Africa, at least 11 countries have reported cases of coronavirus infection. The countries are Nigeria, Cameroon, Algeria, Egypt, DRC, Morocco, Tunisia, South Africa, Burkina Faso and Togo.

Simon Ateba

Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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