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At least 59 percent of adults in Europe are overweight or obese: WHO

About 59 percent of adults in Europe are overweight or obese, according to the 2022 Regional Obesity Report presented by the World Health Organization (WHO). The data gathered in the WHO European region and presented on Tuesday said the problem affects more men than women, with 63 percent of men carrying excessive weight compared with […]

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WHO advised Ukraine to destroy high-threat pathogens held in public health labs

The World Health Organization (WHO) advised Ukraine to destroy high-threat pathogens housed in the country’s public health laboratories to prevent “any potential spills” that would spread disease among the population, Reuters reported. Biosecurity experts say Russia’s movement of troops into Ukraine and bombardment of its cities have raised the risk of an escape of disease-causing […]

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‘Omicron is causing hospitalisations and deaths, calling it mild is misleading’: WHO

The head of the World Health Organisation warned world leaders that the coronavirus pandemic “is nowhere near over”. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus cautioned against the assumption that the newly dominant Omicron variant is significantly milder and has eliminated the threat posed by the virus. The intervention comes as some European nations saw record new case […]

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Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus: Ethiopia’s government asks WHO to investigate body’s chief

Ethiopia’s government has asked the World Health Organization (WHO) to investigate its own boss, the Ethiopian Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, for what it describes as his “harmful misinformation” and “misconduct” over the country’s conflict. “He has been interfering in the internal affairs of Ethiopia, including Ethiopia’s relations with the state of Eritrea,” the government said. […]

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Omicron Covid-19 variant should not be categorised as mild, WHO warns

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned against describing the Omicron variant as mild, saying it is killing people across the world. Recent studies suggest that Omicron is less likely to make people seriously ill than previous Covid variants. But the record number of people catching it has left health systems under severe pressure, said […]

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WHO chief optimistic about beating coronavirus pandemic in 2022

The World Health Organization (WHO) chief says he is optimistic that the coronavirus pandemic will be defeated in 2022, provided countries work together to contain its spread. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesu warned against “narrow nationalism and vaccine hoarding” in a new year statement. His comments come two years since the WHO was first notified of […]

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WHO urges to cancel holiday plans to protect public health amid Omicron Covid-19 variant concerns

The World Health Organization has urged people to cancel some of their holiday plans to protect public health as the Omicron variant spreads globally. Speaking at a briefing on Monday, WHO head Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said: “All of us sick of this pandemic. All of us want to spend time with friends and family. […]

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Covid-19 Omicron variant spreading across the globe at an unprecedented rate, WHO warns

The new coronavirus variant Omicron is spreading across the globe at an unprecedented rate, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned. Cases of the heavily mutated variant have been confirmed in 77 countries. But at a press conference, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said it was probably in many others that had yet to detect […]

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WHO names new coronavirus ‘Omicron’ classifies it to be a variant ‘of concern’

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a new coronavirus variant to be “of concern” and named it Omicron. It had a large number of mutations, and early evidence suggested an increased reinfection risk, the WHO said. It was first reported to the WHO from South Africa on 24 November, and has also been identified […]

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WHO casts doubt over Turkmenistan’s claim that it has zero Covid-19 cases

The World Health Organization (WHO) official has cast doubt on Turkmenistan’s claim that it has zero Covid cases. “[It] has been spreading worldwide as a pandemic for almost two years now,” said Dr Catherine Smallwood, a WHO senior emergencies officer. “From the scientific point of view, it’s unlikely that the virus is not circulating in […]

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Covid-19 may have killed between 80k to 180k healthcare staff worldwide

Covid-19 has severely affected healthcare staff and may have killed between 80,000 and 180,000, the World Health Organization (WHO) says. Healthcare workers must be prioritised for vaccines, WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, and he criticised unfairness in the distribution of jabs. The deaths occurred between January 2020 and May of this year. Earlier, another […]

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‘Our last chance to determine Covid-19 origins’: WHO forms new scientific committee

The World Health Organization said on Wednesday its newly formed advisory group on dangerous pathogens may be “our last chance” to determine the origins of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and urged China to provide data from early cases. The first human cases of COVID-19 were reported in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019. […]