The World Health Organization (WHO) has now categorised the deadly coronavirus outbreak as a global pandemic.
WHO director general, Tedors Adhanom Ghebreyesus said we have now rang the “alarm bell.”
Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the WHO said: “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 COVID19 can be characterized as a pandemic.
“WHO’s mandate is public health. But we’re working with many partners across all sectors to mitigate the social and economic consequences of this covid-19 pandemic.
“This is not just a public health crisis, it is a crisis that will touch every sector – so every sector and every individual must be involved in the fight.
“81 countries have not reported any covid-19 cases, and 57 countries have reported 10 cases or less.
“We cannot say this loudly enough, or clearly enough, or often enough, all countries can still change the course of this pandemic.”
The WHO says a pandemic is defined as a worldwide spread of a new disease or virus, which can also refer to a disease that is prevalent over a whole country.
Compared to last Wednesday there were on a total of 85 cases reported. This is the largest jump in cases so far in one day across the UK since the coronavirus outbreak started in the UK.
NHS England are to “ramp up” facilities across the UK in which 10,000 tests can be undertaken in one day.
American and Chinese scientist have given a grim warning saying, the true number of cases in the US are far higher than the confirmed 1,056 cases.
The scientists from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and Peking University in Beijing released a report warning that eight confirmed coronavirus cases left Wuhan, China to the US before January.
They have provided a conservative rate that it is most likely they have each passed it on to at least two people, therefore it is more likely 9,484 people would have been infected in the US by 1 March.
The US and Chinese scientists said they simulated the coronavirus outbreak using confirmed numbers, that 20 people in America had the virus by 29 February.