Coronavirus global health emergency: Coverage from UN News
The outbreak was first reported in Wuhan, China, on 31 December 2019

This page brings together information and guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations regarding the current outbreak of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) that was first reported in Wuhan, China, on 31 December 2019. Please visit this page for daily updates. WHO is working closely with global experts, governments and partners to rapidly expand scientific knowledge on this new virus, to track the spread and virulence of the virus, and to provide advice to countries and individuals on measures to protect health and prevent the spread of this outbreak.

Still ‘not clear’ whether Omicron COVID variant is more transmissible or more severe than Delta: WHO

The World Health Organization published on Sunday an update on the science regarding the new coronavirus variant Omicron which is causing global concern and sparking increasing flight bans on Southern African countries.

News in Brief 10 November 2021

  • COVID-19 cases see slight global increase, says WHO
  • Landmine Monitor reports 'exceptionally high' use in 2020
  • Tunisia, Libya in human rights spotlight over migration ‘expulsions’
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COVID-19 pandemic brings global syringe shortage into sharp focus

Efforts to boost COVID-19 vaccine production should be matched by access to the syringes needed to inject them - and there could even be a global shortage of needles for regular immunization campaigns next year - the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.

UN health agency issues definition of post COVID-19 condition to aid treatment

The first official clinical definition of living with “post COVID” sickness, has been agreed upon following global consultation and released to help boost treatment for sufferers, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

News in Brief 3 September 2021

  • Afghanistan: ‘major’ crisis looming, UNHCR warns
  • Clean air improvements from COVID lockdowns confirmed: WMO
  • Iran must halt execution of Kurdish prisoner, rights experts urge
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UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva – Afghanistan update, global dementia alert, COVID in Africa

In this week's show, an appeal for Afghanistan’s neighbours to keep their borders open after the Taliban takeover; an interview with a migration expert from UN Children’s Fund UNICEF, on the Afghan boys and girls risking everything to flee the country, and an alert over far-too-low COVID-19 vaccination rates across Africa.

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COVID-19: New Mu variant could be more vaccine-resistant

A new coronavirus “variant of interest” named Mu – also known by its scientific name as B.1.621 – is being closely monitored by the World Health Organization (WHO), the agency has said.

News in Brief 1 September 2021

  • Mu COVID-19 variant tracking latest: WHO
  • ILO: More than 4 billion people still lack social safety net
  • Climate hazards increased over past 50 years, UN agencies warn
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News in Brief 13 August 2021

  • Fast-moving Afghanistan crisis ‘has hallmarks of humanitarian catastrophe'
  • UN health agency WHO urges support for new COVID-19 origins studies
  • Widespread DRCongo sexual abuse alert from UNHCR
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UN health agency urges support for new COVID-19 origins studies

The World Health Organization (WHO) has urged all countries “to put differences aside” in order to speed up efforts to understand where and how the COVID-19 virus started – including the unproven suggestion that it was manufactured in a laboratory.