Did the World Health Organization officially declare the coronavirus a plague, as an estimated 2.9 million people are infected in China, and 950,680 are dead? No, that's not true: The WHO has declared the novel coronavirus a public health emergency, not a plague. Also, the numbers reflected on this and other memes are wildly inaccurate.
BREAKING: World Health Organization officially declares the Coronavirus as a plague, as estimated 2.9 Million infected in China and 950,680 dead.
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Here are the facts: To date, at least 213 people have died from the outbreak, and about 9,800 cases have been confirmed in mainland China, according to The New York Times and other media outlets.
Cases of the coronavirus have been discovered in more than a dozen countries, including the United States, prompting the WHO on January 30, 2020, to declare the outbreak a global emergency.
The WHO did not declare the virus a "plague," as the memes have suggested. The Plague is a bacterial infectious disease, while the coronavirus - as its name suggests - is a type of virus.
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