WHO’s emergency panel reviews coronavirus pandemic

Six months after sounding its top alarm over the new coronavirus outbreak, the WHO’s emergency committee meets for a fourth time Friday to assess the raging pandemic. The World Health Organization grouping, comprising around 20 members and advisers, can propose new recommendations or amend existing ones. However, there is little doubt that the WHO will … Read more WHO’s emergency panel reviews coronavirus pandemic

‘Pre-pandemic Covid-19 cases linked to China, Italy, Iran’: Report

People with travel links to China, Iran, and Italy accounted for nearly two-thirds of initial Covid-19 cases outside mainland China in the pre-pandemic period between December 31 and March 10, a new study in the medical journal Lancet says. The study is the first of its kind to use publicly available global case data to … Read more ‘Pre-pandemic Covid-19 cases linked to China, Italy, Iran’: Report

WHO says Covid-19 pandemic is ‘one big wave’, not seasonal

The World Health Organization on Tuesday warned against complacency about new coronavirus transmission in the northern hemisphere summer, saying that this virus did not behave like influenza that tended to follow seasonal trends. “People are still thinking about seasons. What we all need to get our heads around is this is a new virus and…this … Read more WHO says Covid-19 pandemic is ‘one big wave’, not seasonal

WHO chief says comments questioning his independence ‘untrue and unacceptable’

The head of the World Health Organization said on Thursday that reported comments by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo questioning his independence were untrue and would not distract the organisation from its work in fighting the coronavirus. Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has come under criticism, especially from US President Donald Trump and Pompeo, … Read more WHO chief says comments questioning his independence ‘untrue and unacceptable’

WHO, Africa CDC explore traditional medicine for Covid-19

WHO, Africa CDC explore traditional medicine for Covid-19

The World Health Organization and the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have launched an effort to explore the role of traditional medicine in the coronavirus pandemic. The new advisory panel will support countries in clinical trials, other re Click here for full Covid-19 coverage Confirmed cases on the continent have nearly reached 750,000, … Read more WHO, Africa CDC explore traditional medicine for Covid-19

Mexico’s president downplays importance of wearing masks amid Covid pandemic

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Wednesday downplayed the importance of wearing face masks during the pandemic, calling his treasury secretary’s assertion that using them would be a factor in reactivating the economy “disproportionate.” López Obrador had never been seen publicly wearing a mask until he flew to Washington earlier this month to meet … Read more Mexico’s president downplays importance of wearing masks amid Covid pandemic

WHO reports record daily spike in global coronavirus COVID-19 cases for second consecutive day

The World Health Organization reported a record increase in global coronavirus cases for the second day in a row, with the total rising by 259,848 in 24 hours. The biggest increases reported on Saturday were from the United States, Brazil, India and South Africa, according to a daily report. The previous WHO record for new … Read more WHO reports record daily spike in global coronavirus COVID-19 cases for second consecutive day

Coronavirus cannot be transmitted by mosquitoes, says study

Scientists have confirmed for the first time that the novel coronavirus behind the Covid-19 pandemic cannot be transmitted to people by mosquitoes, a finding that adds evidence to WHO’s claim that the disease is not mosquito-borne. The research, published in the journal Scientific Reports, provided the first experimental evidence on the capacity of SARS-CoV-2, the … Read more Coronavirus cannot be transmitted by mosquitoes, says study

Global coronavirus vaccine plan may allow rich countries to buy more

Politicians and public health leaders have publicly committed to equitably sharing any coronavirus vaccine that works, but the top global initiative to make that happen may allow rich countries to reinforce their own stockpiles while making fewer doses available for poor ones. Activists warn that without stronger attempts to hold political, pharmaceutical and health leaders … Read more Global coronavirus vaccine plan may allow rich countries to buy more

World hunger worsening amid coronavirus pandemic; nearly 690 million people hungry: UN report

Nearly one in nine people in the world are going hungry, with the coronavirus pandemic exacerbating already worsening trends this year, according to a United Nations report published Monday. Economic slowdowns and climate-related shocks are pushing more people into hunger, while nutritious foods remain too expensive for many, contributing not only to undernourishment, but to … Read more World hunger worsening amid coronavirus pandemic; nearly 690 million people hungry: UN report