The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified the Covid-19 virus as a pandemic.
This announcement comes as 118,000 people
have been confirmed with the virus worldwide.
A total of 4,291 people
have died with thousands more fighting for their lives in hospitals.
According to a report by Channel News Asia
, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus made the announcement while urging authorities to double their efforts.
"In the days and weeks ahead, we expect to see the number of cases, the number of deaths, and the number of affected countries climb even higher."
"WHO has been assessing this outbreak around the clock and we are deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity and by the alarming levels of inaction. We have therefore made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterised as a pandemic," he said.
Aggressive measures will make a difference
Despite labelling Covid-19 as a pandemic, Tedros stressed that aggressive measures could still play a part in curbing it.
"We have never before seen a pandemic sparked by a coronavirus. This is the first pandemic caused by a coronavirus. And we have never before seen a pandemic that can be controlled, at the same time," he said.
The WHO had earlier declared Covid-10 as a 'public health emergency of international concern' on 30 Jan.
At that point, there were fewer than 100 cases of Covid-19 outside of China.