WHO Chief Says Threat of Coronavirus Pandemic ‘Very Real’

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GENEVA—The head of the World Health Organization said Monday that the threat of
the new coronavirus becoming a pandemic is growing, as over 100 countries and regions
have reported cases of the virus.

“Now that the virus has a foothold in so many countries, the threat of a pandemic has
become very real,” WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus said at a press briefing.