The WHO stresses that it is still possible for countries to stop the spread of coronavirus, but it's going to take global cooperation and swift action.
"Europe has now become the epicentre of the pandemic, with more reported cases and deaths than the rest of the world combined, apart from China", said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in his opening remarks at Friday's media briefing.
He urged the global community to redouble efforts to contain the outbreak, saying aggressive measures could still play a big role to curb the pandemic.
It emphasised that measures taken by countries "can still change the course of this pandemic".
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The World Health Organisation also announced the creation of a new fund, targeted at drawing donations from companies, organisations and individuals toward helping fight the pandemic. Pandemics are associated with the geographical spread and not any characteristics in the disease or the infection itself.
According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, as of Friday, there have been over 28,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the EU/EEA and the UK. China's outbreak, once the epicentre, has since peaked, World Health Organization officials said.
Also, he stated that while the illness had spread to 114 states, over 90 percent of cases had been in only four states and two of these had significantly-declining epidemics.
Italy and Spain are the worst affected countries in the region with Italy recording the highest number of cases and deaths.
Third, reduce and suppress. Transmission must be reduced in order to save lives, which means finding and isolating as many cases as possible and quarantining their closest contacts.
The word epidemic originates from the Greek word "epidemia", while the word pandemic originates from the word "pandemos", which denotes "all people". It was caused by the H1N1 virus, with genes of avian origin, that killed at least 50 million people around the globe. "We'll also match $10 million for the Center for Disease Control Foundation, which will launch a fundraiser in the next few weeks focused on combating the outbreak here in the United States".