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CORONAVIRUS Infection (COVID-19) declared a PANDEMIC

The World Health Organization (WHO) today March 11 2020 declared COVID-19 infection (coronavirus) a pandemic.

What is a pandemic?

The declaration of COVID-19 as a pandemic is not as a result of the severity of the disease but because of its geographical spread.

The declaration refers to the easy spread of the disease from person to person rather than the severity of the illness it causes.


The disease has spread to 110 nations punt of the 195 nations globally, with over 120,000 people infected and 4382 deaths. No continent has been spared and there’s a sustained risk of further spread of the virus.

The precautions remain the same

Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds


Use hand sanitisers where available


Avoid touching your face with your hands, especially your eyes and nose


Sneeze into a tissue paper and bin it. In the absence of tissues, sneeze into the inner aspect of your elbow


Avoid shaking hands and hugging


Social distancing - keep a distance of about one metre (3 feet) between you and anyone who is coughing or sneezing


If you are feeling unwell, remain indoors and telephone your local health facility


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