Stella Dimoko WHO Says Europe Is Now ‘Epicentre’ Of COVID-19 Pandemic


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Saturday, March 14, 2020

WHO Says Europe Is Now ‘Epicentre’ Of COVID-19 Pandemic

The World Health Organization said Friday that Europe was now the “epicentre” for the global coronavirus pandemic — and warned it was impossible to know when the outbreak would peak.

The continent had now “more reported cases and deaths than the rest of the world combined, apart from China”, said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

“Europe has now become the epicentre of the pandemic,” he said.

Tedros said this at a news conference held virtually to avoid any potential spread of the virus among journalists.

“More cases are now being reported every day than were reported in China at the height of its epidemic,” he said, referring to the global numbers.

The virus, which first surfaced in China in December, has now killed more than 5,000 people, with cases around the world topping 134,000, according to an AFP tally.

The death toll passing 5,000 was “a tragic milestone”, said Tedros.

Maria Van Kerkhove, who heads the WHO’s emerging diseases unit, meanwhile warned it was “impossible for us to say when this will peak globally.”

“We hope that it is sooner rather than later.”

Their comments came as countries in Europe and beyond introduced dramatic measures to halt the spread of the virus, including closing schools and restricting public events.

The World Health Organization also announced the creation of a new fund, targeted at drawing donations from companies, organisations and individuals toward helping fight the pandemic.

The COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, which will be run by the UN Foundation in the United States and the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation, kicked off Friday with a range of multi-million-dollar donations from Facebook, Google and others.

The WHO initially estimated that efforts to rein in the virus would cost $750 million for the first three months alone.

Scott Pendergast, the WHO’s head of emergencies, strategy, programmes and partnerships, however, told reporters on Thursday that as the situation evolved, it was likely the true cost through the end of this year would require “at least a 10-fold increase in that ask”.



  1. This deadly disease is spreading anyhow.

    God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob please come and take this disease away from your children πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

  2. no evil shall befall us in jesus name amen

  3. A friend based in Austria said, there are no tissues in most malls in his region. Food section is empty except for cucumber and cabbage. He was flour for bread but no sugar or yeast.

    I pray this virus stops spreading soon.

    1. You can say that again the line up to cash out, is even more than, the one to the promise land.
      God is watching his creatures.

  4. This is getting scary everyday. Hmmmm Africa is indeed lucky. I don't think they'd have been able to contain it if it had passed what they are having now.

  5. God have mercy. This is becoming scaring as f***.

  6. Too much civilizations sef don become a problem.
    If not for moderrn day air travel, Na only China for bear the blunt of this virus.
    I am eternally grateful to God Almighty for shielding the entire African Continent from this virus. How we for do eh?

    1. I tell you. This Globalization has made diseases spread with the speed of light. It was a topic of discussion in my MSc class last week.

  7. Wow.

    I hope to complete my grocery shopping tomorrow.

    Jesus take teh wheel.

  8. The scaremongering is really ruining businesses. The only ones benefiting from this are supermarkets due to panic buying. I'm yet to understand the relationship between the virus and tissue paper though because the way it has become scares is a cause for concern. Well, my bidet to the rescue.

    1. You can cough into tissue paper and hide phlegm

    2. Nigerians should stock up on supplies and be in survivalist mode in case. There have been riots around malls by panicked last minute buyers in USA


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