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Coronavirus Officially Declared A Pandemic


The World Health Organization officially declared the spread of the novel coronavirus a pandemic Wednesday as countries around the globe enacted a range of policies to tamper down on transmission, such as banning large scale gatherings. But many questions remain in the United States, where the White House has sent mixed messages about the situation’s severity and the nation’s current testing capabilities and state leaders have taken a range of moves at differing speeds.

In Massachusetts, presumptive positive cases of the illness increased to 95 on Wednesday, the day after Governor Baker declared a state of emergency. To discuss,

Jim Braude spoke with Rep. Jon Santiago, an emergency room physician at Boston Medical Center who also serves on the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Public Health, and Eric McNulty, associate director of the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative, a joint program of Harvard’s Chan School of Public Health and Kennedy School of Government, Wednesday on Greater Boston about what's next.

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