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.

UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva – Ultrarunner Fernanda Maciel talks World Humanitarian Day

In this week’s show, an inspiring encounter with an ultrarunner who’s moving mountains to save the climate – or at least running up and down them; a report on rights abuses in Central African Republic during the country’s elections, latest data on global refugee resettlement numbers, a good news update on coronavirus vaccine shipments bound for Africa, and a call for accountability for the people of Lebanon.

Audio -
15'43"

Latest COVID-19 data confirms infections have risen globally for four consecutive weeks

COVID-19 infections have continued to rise globally for more than a month now, with over four million cases reported in the past week alone, the UN health agency said on Wednesday. 

Delta variant, a warning the COVID-19 virus is getting ‘fitter and faster’

Cases and deaths resulting from COVID-19 continue to climb worldwide, mostly fuelled by the highly transmissible Delta variant, which has spread to 132 countries, said the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday.

UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva – Deal to end plastic waste, COVID vaccines in Africa, sustainable food call

In this week’s show, a global deal to help get rid of plastic waste that’s been signed by 180 countries; a call for a “COVID ceasefire” in Myanmar, how more efficient food production could help solve a global hunger crisis and positive coronavirus vaccine developments in Africa.

Audio -
14'35"

News in Brief 29 July 2021

  • More action against human trafficking needed urgently: UN chief Guterres
  • Beirut: One year after blast, UNESCO echoes solidarity call
  • COVID-19 vaccine shipments boost for Africa, WHO announces
Audio -
2'45"

Countries urged to develop pandemic preparedness and response treaty

A senior official with the World Health Organization (WHO) has highlighted the need for a global treaty on pandemic preparedness and response, urging countries to “seize the moment” and support its development. 

News in Brief 27 July 2021

  • Rising concern over plight of Eritrean refugees in Tigray camps: UNHCR
  • IOM: Dozens missing in #Libya shipwreck
  • 600 million children not in school because of COVID-19, reports UNICEF
Audio -
3'42"

Myanmar: Rights expert calls for ‘COVID ceasefire’, urges UN action

The UN independent expert on the human rights situation in Myanmar on Tuesday called for a “COVID ceasefire” for the country, as infections and deaths soar even as the military junta escalates attacks against healthcare workers. 

COVID-19: Africa ‘third wave’ not yet over, while vaccine inequity threatens all

Although new COVID-19 cases in Africa have slowed following an eight-week surge, this “small step forward” could be short-lived, the Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. 

News in Brief 21 July 2021

  • Flood-hit China region saw a year’s worth of rain in under a week: WMO
  • Liverpool’s historic waterfront removed from UNESCO World Heritage List
  • WHO chief backs Tokyo Olympic Games’ ‘power to inspire’
Audio -
2'55"