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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 […]

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Wuhan coronavirus outbreak is not yet a pandemic, World Health Organization says

The deadly coronavirus outbreak that has spread from China does not yet constitute a “pandemic”, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. A pandemic is the worldwide spread of a new disease, according to the WHO. At least 427 people have died with more than 20,000 confirmed cases around the world, most of them in China. […]