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Coronavirus declared pandemic: Meaning, definition, history and more

The WHO added that this is a pandemic that can be controlled, and the first one caused by a coronavirus.

March 13, 2020 / 09:37 AM IST

The World Health Organisation (WHO), on March 11, declared the coronavirus outbreak a ‘pandemic’, adding that it is not a term to be used ‘lightly or carelessly’.

A pandemic is the worldwide spread of a new disease, according to the WHO.

"It is a word that, if misused, can cause unreasonable fear, or unjustified acceptance that the fight is over, leading to unnecessary suffering and death," Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of WHO said in a media briefing.