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No antibody tests can determine immunity, WHO says

The World Health Organization has warned there is no evidence to suggest the presence of antibodies in blood can determine whether someone has immunity to the coronavirus. Dr. Mike Ryan, the WHO’s executive director for health emergencies, said on Friday there was no indication so far that a large proportion of the population had developed […]

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Lifting coronavirus lockdown could spark deadly resurgence, WHO warns

Lifting coronavirus restrictions too early would spark a “deadly resurgence” across the globe, the World Health Organisation warned. Countries which come out of lockdown prematurely risk a second ruinous wave just as catastrophic as the first, the body cautioned. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the head of WHO, spoke out as countries across the world – including […]

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“Coronavirus pandemic is accelerating,” WHO chief says

The coronavirus pandemic that’s spread to nearly every country in the world is picking up pace, the World Health Organization said Monday, as global cases eclipsed 350,000 and deaths soared past 15,000. “The pandemic is accelerating,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a press briefing from the organization’s Geneva headquarters. “It took 67 days […]

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“Lockdowns not enough to defeat coronavirus,” World Health Organization says

Countries can’t simply lock down their societies to defeat coronavirus, the World Health Organization’s top emergency expert said on Sunday, adding that public health measures are needed to avoid a resurgence of the virus later on. “What we really need to focus on is finding those who are sick, those who have the virus, and […]

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Europe is now the epicentre of coronavirus pandemic: World Health Organisation

The World Health Organization said Friday that Europe was now the “epicentre” for the global coronavirus pandemic, and warned it was impossible to know when the outbreak would peak. “Europe has now become the epicentre of the pandemic,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a virtual press conference. He said the continent had now […]

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Coronavirus: How is a ‘pandemic’ different from an ‘epidemic’? Explained

The World Health Organization (WHO) characterised the coronavirus outbreak as a “pandemic”. The declaration came as the coronavirus cases are sharply increasing around the world. “We are deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity and by the alarming levels of inaction. We have therefore made the assessment that COVID-19 can be […]

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Drinking alcohol will not protect you from coronavirus, WHO says

Misinformation about coronavirus is spreading faster than the virus itself. The latest to join the list is claim about asking people to ‘drink alcohol to stay safe and kill the deadly virus’, which, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) is not true. Busting myths, misconceptions and misinformation about the deadly coronavirus, the WHO said: […]

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Coronavirus is “not a drill” and will require significant action, WHO warns

The director-general of the World Health Organization has warned governments that the continued international spread of the novel coronavirus is “not a drill” and will require significant action if public health authorities are to contain the deadly outbreak. The call to action comes as the global number of people infected by the virus nears 100,000 […]

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WHO warns of global shortage of medical supplies to fight coronavirus

The World Health Organization has warned of a global shortage and price gouging for protective equipment to fight the fast-spreading coronavirus and asked companies and governments to increase production by 40% as the death toll from the respiratory illness mounted. The virus continued to spread in South Korea, Japan, Europe, Iran and the United States, […]

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“Coronavirus outbreak can go in any direction,” World Health Organization warns

The coronavirus outbreak has reached a “decisive point” and has “pandemic potential”, World Health Organization head Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus says. His comments came as countries around the world battle to prevent the virus spreading further. For a second day, more cases have been reported outside than inside China. Iran and Italy have become major centres […]

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World is simply not ready to contain the outbreak: World Health Organization

The new coronavirus epidemic swelled on Wednesday with cases in South Korea surging past 1,000 after deaths soared in Iran and infections appeared in previously untouched countries, prompting dire warnings that the world was not ready to contain it. The virus has rapidly spread in parts of Asia, Europe and the Middle East, even as […]

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Coronavirus Outbreak: World Health Organization warns of global pandemic

The World Health Organization on Monday said the new coronavirus epidemic had “peaked” in China but warned that a surge in cases elsewhere was “deeply concerning” and all countries should prepare for a “potential pandemic”. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the peak in China occurred between January 23 and February 2 and the number […]