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  • Thank you.

  • Thank you, Tarek.

  • Good afternoon, everybody.

  • In the past two weeks, the member of cases off Corbett 19 outside China has increased 13 fold and the number of affected countries has tripled.

  • There are now more than 118,000 cases in 114 countries and 4291 people have lost their lives.

  • Thousands more are fighting for their lives in hospitals.

  • In the days and weeks ahead, we expect to see the number of cases, the number of days and the number of affected countries climb even higher.

  • W h O has been assessing this outbreak around the clock, and we're deeply concerned both by the alarming levels, off spread and severity and by the alarming levels off in action.

  • We have therefore met the assessment that Cove ID 19 can be characterized as a pandemic.

  • Pandemic is not a word to use lightly or carelessly.

  • It's a word that, if misused, can coz unreasonable fear or unjustified acceptance that the fight is over leading toe unnecessary suffering and death.

  • Describing the situation as a pandemic doesn't know change.

  • W jizz assessment off the threat posed by the virus.

  • It doesn't change what w Joe is doing and it doesn't change what countries should do.

  • We have never been before seeing a pandemic spark it by a Corona virus.

  • This is the first panda me coast by Corona virus, and we have never before seen a pandemic that can be controlled.

  • At the same time, W.

  • H O has been in full response.

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  • We were notified off the first cases and we have called every day for countries to take urgent and aggressive action.

  • We have rang the alarm bell loud and clear.

  • As I said on Monday, just looking at the number of cases and the number of countries affected does not tell the full story off.

  • The 118 cases reported globally in 114 countries, more than 90% of cases our injures four countries and two off those China and the republic off Korea have significantly declining epidemics.

  • 81 countries have not reported any cases and 57 countries have reported 10 cases or less.

  • We can not this we cannot say this loudly enough or clearly enough or often enough.

  • All countries can still change the course off this pandemic if countries detect test street, isolate, trace and mobilize their people in the response.

  • Those with a handful of cases can prevent those cases becoming clusters and those blasters becoming community transmission.

Thank you.

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