People wearing masks head to work in Tokyo, amid the spread of the new coronavirus. Photo: Kyodo

Coronavirus: what the WHO pandemic declaration means

  • A pandemic is when a disease has spread to several countries or continents, usually affecting a large number of people
  • The severity of illnesses is not a consideration, nor is the number of deaths
Topic |   Coronavirus outbreak
People wearing masks head to work in Tokyo, amid the spread of the new coronavirus. Photo: Kyodo
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