World Health Organization declares COVID-19 a global pandemic but states “we are not at the mercy of this virus”

Nearly 120,000 cases reported globally

The World Health Organization (WHO) says the global outbreak of COVID-19 can now be considered a pandemic.

This comes as Ontario health officials announce five more cases of the disease, bringing the provincial total as of this morning to 41. Of those, five people have recovered fully.

Over 114,000 cases have been reported globally, with over 4,000 deaths. At least 66,000 people have recovered. “Now that the coronavirus has a foothold in so many countries, the threat of a pandemic has become very real,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreysus, “but it would be the first pandemic in history that could be controlled. The bottom line is: we are not at the mercy of this virus,”

Earlier Wednesday morning, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced approximately $1 billion to help Canadians cope with the virus, half earmarked for provincial aid. The federal government has committed a portion of this fund to the research of the disease and development of a vaccine.

Feature image courtesy Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus via Twitter