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‘Countries are headed in the wrong direction’: WHO chief warns over coronavirus crisis

The coronavirus pandemic around the globe will worsen if countries fail to adhere to stricter healthcare precautions, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Monday. “Let me be blunt, too many countries are headed in the wrong direction, the virus remains public enemy number one,” WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual briefing […]

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Eradication of coronavirus unlikely to happen: World Health Organization

The head of World Health Organization’s emergencies programme, Dr Mike Ryan, on Friday it was unlikely that the new coronavirus would be eliminated. “In the current situation it is unlikely we can eradicate this virus,” he told an online briefing from Geneva. He said that, by extinguishing clusters of infection, the world could “potentially avoid […]

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WHO acknowledges possibility of airborne transmission of coronavirus

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has acknowledged “evidence emerging” of the airborne spread of the novel coronavirus, after a group of scientists urged the global body to update its guidance on how the respiratory disease passes between people. “We have been talking about the possibility of airborne transmission and aerosol transmission as one of the […]

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WHO halts Trump marketed COVID-19 drug after it fails to reduce death rate

The World Health Organization (WHO) has halted trials of malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and combination HIV drug lopinavir/ritonavir in coronavirus hospitalised patients after they failed to reduce mortality rate. WHO made the announcement in the backdrop after 200,000 coronavirus cases were reported globally in a 24 hour period. In a statement WHO said, “these interim trial […]

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Coronavirus hitting the Americas hardest: World Health Organization

The Americas are bearing the brunt of the global coronavirus pandemic at present, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, with North and South America currently having four of the 10 worst hit countries in the world. The disease was “highly active” in Central and South America, the WHO’s top emergency expert Mike Ryan […]

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WHO asks Pakistan to reimpose lockdown as COVID-19 cases rise sharply

The World Health Organization has recommended Pakistani authorities reimpose “intermittent lockdowns” of targeted areas to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, stating the country did not meet the global body’s conditions for lifting restrictions. A surge of new cases has hit the South Asian nation after the government lifted its lockdown on May 9 […]

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Coronavirus Situation Worsening Worldwide: World Health Organization

The World Health Organization said on Monday that the coronavirus pandemic situation was worsening around the globe, as it warned against complacency. The WHO said it had recorded its highest daily tally of new infections, with COVID-19 raging in the Americas. And as mass protests for racial justice sweep across the United States and beyond, […]

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World Health Organization advises to wear masks in public areas

The World Health Organization (WHO) has changed its advice on face masks, saying they should be worn in public where social distancing is not possible to help stop the spread of coronavirus. The global body said new information showed they could provide “a barrier for potentially infectious droplets”. Some countries already recommend or mandate face […]

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After ‘temporary pause’ WHO resumes hydroxychloroquine trials

World Health Organization(WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that after a “temporary pause” clinical trials of the drug hydroxychloroquine will resume. “This decision was taken as a precaution while the safety data were reviewed. The data safety and monitoring committee of the Solidarity Trial has been reviewing the data,” Tedros said, adding,” on the basis […]

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WHO warns against increasing usage of antibiotics against coronavirus

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned against increasing usage of antibiotics against coronavirus. The organisation further added that its usage will lead to more deaths during and after the pandemic the ends. WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus suggested that a lot of medicines that were used traditionally to treat bacterial infections are no […]

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Trump ends US ties with WHO

US President Donald Trump announced that he is terminating the country’s relationship with the World Health Organization (WHO). The president has accused the WHO of failing to hold Beijing to account over the coronavirus pandemic. “China has total control over the World Health Organization,” the president said while announcing measures aimed at punishing Beijing. “We […]

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WHO warns of ‘second peak’ in areas where coronavirus is declining

Countries where coronavirus infections are declining could still face an “immediate second peak” if they let up too soon on measures to halt the outbreak, the World Health Organization said on Monday (May 25). The world is still in the middle of the first wave of the coronavirus outbreak, WHO emergencies head Dr Mike Ryan […]