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WHO declares COVID-19 a pandemic

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared COVID-19 an official pandemic.

“We have rung the alarm bell loud and clear,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general, WHO. “Find, isolate, test and treat every case, and trace every contact. Ready your hospitals. Protect and train your health care workers.”

The pandemic alert was put in place as COVID-19 infection rates around the world are witnessing a rapid increase.

Dr. Tedros added that while this is the first pandemic caused by a coronavirus, it believed that this is the first pandemic that can be controlled.

He pointed to the success of China which has managed to decrease new infections from over 3,500 a day in January to 24 in the most recent daily count.

Other countries pointed out are South Korea and Singapore, which are showcasing a drop in cases.

“Let’s all look out for each other, because we’re in this together to do the right things with calm and to protect the citizens of the world,” said Dr. Tedros.

Several trade exhibitions have been cancelled or postponed due to the outbreak, including FESPA and Labelexpo Southeast Asia.

Exhibitions in China were the first to postpone. However, APPEXPO Shanghai recently announced their rescheduled dates to July 2020, echoing the renewed optimism for the country.

Organisers for drupa last said that the major event will go on as planned, but with tighter health security measures. CHILI publish recently announced that it is pulling out of drupa due to the outbreak.

Thus far, no other exhibitors cancelled their participation.


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