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Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO’s director general, played down fears of a global COVID-19 pandemic despite the emergence of new outbreaks of the virus in South Korea, Italy and Iran. He said that “using the word pandemic now does not fit the facts, but it may certainly cause fear”, though he added that “the sudden increase in new cases is certainly very concerning”. South Korea has now confirmed 977 cases, Italy has recorded 283 and Iran has reported 95. Despite the WHO’s statement, many experts believe a pandemic is inevitable and that it’s only a matter of time until…

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