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WHO renames UK, South Africa, India and other variants with Greek letters

The World Health Organization announced a new naming system for variants of Covid-19. From now on the WHO will use Greek letters to refer to variants first detected in countries like the UK, South Africa and India. The UK variant for instance is labelled as Alpha, the South African Beta, and the Indian as Delta. […]

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WHO elevates India’s coronavirus mutation to ‘variant of concern’ status

The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified India’s variant of the novel coronavirus as a “variant of global concern”. It said preliminary studies show the B.1.617 mutation spreads more easily than other variants and requires further study. The variant has already spread to more than 30 countries, the WHO says. Three other variants from the […]

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China won’t grant WHO team access to raw data of early Covid-19 cases

Chinese authorities have refused grant raw data on early Covid-19 cases to the World Health Organization (WHO) team probing the origins of the pandemic. According to Dominic Dwyer, an Australian infectious disease expert, the WHO mission had requested raw patient data on 174 cases that China had identified from the early phase of the outbreak […]

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WHO team probing COVID in Wuhan complete mandatory 14-day quarantine

The World Health Organization (WHO) team came out of their mandatory quarantine to start an on ground investigation into the origins of coronavirus in the city of Wuhan. The scientists will investigate people from research institutes, hospitals and the seafood market linked to the initial outbreak. The group of 13 experts arrived in Wuhan on […]

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China blocks entry of WHO team investigating Covid-19 origins

The World Health Organization (WHO) team looking into the origins of Covid-19 in the city of Wuhan were denied entry to China. Two members were already en route, with the WHO saying the problem was a lack of visa clearances. However, China has challenged this, saying details of the visit, including dates, were still being […]

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WHO urges Europeans to wear masks, practise physical distancing during winter holiday season

The World Health Organization has urged Europeans to wear masks during family gatherings at Christmas. A statement from the WHO’s European regional office said that the massive increase in gatherings of families and friends across Europe during the winter holiday season brought a significant risk of increased Covid-19 transmission. It urged individuals, families and communities […]

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Expert WHO panel advises against use of remdesivir for treating Covid-19 patients

An expert panel of the World Health Organization (WHO) has advised against the use of the antiviral drug remdesivir for patients admitted to hospital with COVID-19, regardless of how severely ill they are as no evidence existed currently to prove that it improves survival or the need for ventilation. WHO Guideline Development Group based its […]

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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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Coronavirus is spreading faster than before with Americas worst, warns WHO

The coronavirus pandemic is accelerating, with Thursday’s 150,000 new cases the highest in a single day and nearly half of those in the Americas, the World Health Organization (WHO) said. “The world is in a new and dangerous phase,” Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual briefing from WHO headquarters in Geneva. “The virus […]

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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 […]

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WHO warns 190,000 coronavirus deaths in Africa in one year

As many as 190,000 people across Africa could die in the first year of the coronavirus pandemic if crucial containment measures fail, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned. The new research also predicts a prolonged outbreak over a few years. “It likely will smoulder in transmission hot spots,” says WHO Africa head Matshidiso Moeti. This […]

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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 […]