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This multilateral institution described the current pandemic as the worst it has ever faced.
World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Monday announced he would reconvene the WHO's emergency committee this week to re-evaluate the COVID-19 pandemic after global cases doubled over the past six weeks.
Adhanom expressed his concern about the fact that over 16 million COVID-19 cases and 650,000 deaths have been reported since January.
"When I declared a public health emergency of international concern on January 30... there were less than 100 cases outside of China and no deaths," he stated.
Early this month, WHO created an independent commission to review its performance in the current pandemic.
At that time, Adhanom said that the Commission would seek to understand the situation with the virus and help to prevent the current tragedy from happening again.
I have decided to reconvene the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on the new #coronavirus (2019-nCoV) tomorrow to advise me on whether the current outbreak constitutes a public health emergency of international concern. pic.twitter.com/993YBQ6hol