WHO announced today what everyone has been expecting for some time, namely the global COVID-19 pandemic. This is a historic event for the whole world.
Representatives of the World Health Organization explain that the decision was delayed for so long, because its announcement has huge political and economic consequences for the entire planet. Currently, there are already 121,000 SARS-CoV-2 infections worldwide in 114 countries. 4300 people died and 66 thousand recovered.
“This is not just a global public health crisis. It is a crisis that will affect every level of our lives, so every sector and every person must be involved in the fight against this disease. Countries must adopt a government and society approach based on a comprehensive strategy to prevent infection, save lives and minimize the effects of coronavirus spread, “said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the World Health Organization.
The last time WHO announced a global pandemic in 2009 in connection with swine flu (H1N1 virus). To date, it has consumed several hundred thousand victims. Meanwhile, in the case of SARS-CoV-2, there could be many more victims. World experts are unanimous that up to 6 billion people can be infected and a billion die. The greatest danger concerns Africa and Southeast Asia, where there is a very poorly developed medical infrastructure.
WHO announced a global coronavirus pandemic to motivate governments to devote all possible resources to fighting the disease. Until now, the activities were too arduous for the organization’s authorities.
The European Union authorities have allocated 125 million euros to develop effective specimens for coronavirus and 25 billion euros to limit the effects of its impact on all sectors of the economies of the Community and public life.