Coronavirus Has ‘Pandemic Potential’ But Isn’t There Yet, WHO Says

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COVID-19 could still become a pandemic, the World Health Organization’s Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Monday. But he added that while the respiratory virus’s outbreak hasn’t reached that alarming stage, people must be vigilant to contain a disease that has now been confirmed in 32 countries.

“Does this virus have pandemic potential?” Ghebreyesus asked at a WHO Geneva briefing Monday. “Absolutely, it has. Are we there yet? From our assessment, not yet.”

Ghebreyesus noted that the WHO has already declared COVID-19 to be a global health emergency, a step it took in late January as cases began to rise in China.

Health experts have been warning that a pandemic declaration could be looming, with the disease having spread to so many countries that it’s no longer possible to contain it.

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