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11 March 2020

WHO declares COVID-19 a pandemic on same day that Spring Budget 2020 provides significant government funding to tackle COVID-19


The World Health Organization (WHO) declares COVID-19 a pandemic. At the WHO media briefing, Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says, 'WHO has been assessing this outbreak around the clock and we are deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity, and by the alarming levels of inaction.' On the same day, the government pledges £12bn in 2020–21 for action on COVID-19 in its Spring Budget 2020. This includes support for public services, businesses and individuals.


WHO speeches

Gov.uk policy paper