Updated at 3:20 p.m. ET
The COVID-19 viral disease that has swept into at least 114 countries and killed more than 4,000 people is now officially a pandemic, the World Health Organization announced Wednesday.
"This is the first pandemic caused by a coronavirus," WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a briefing in Geneva.
It's the first time the WHO has called an outbreak a pandemic since the H1N1 "swine flu" in 2009.