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.

News in Brief 15 July 2021

  • COVID-19 pandemic ‘nowhere near finished’ says WHO panel
  • Violence ‘coming back to Syria’ warns UNICEF
  • Priest’s death in Indian prison a ‘stain’ on country’s record: UN rights expert
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Sharp rise in Africa COVID-19 deaths, WHO reports 

COVID-19 deaths in Africa have risen sharply in recent weeks, amid the fastest surge in cases the continent has seen so far in the pandemic, the regional office for the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. 

‘Early stages’ of COVID third wave, amid Delta surge: WHO chief

The variant’s spread, along with increased social mobility and the inconsistent use of proven public health measures, is driving an increase in both case numbers and deaths, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.

News in Brief 13 July 2021

  • Tigray aid convoy access call @WFP @WHO
  • WHO chief Tedros in new COVID-19 vaccination appeal
  • 270,000 Afghans newly displaced since January 2021: UNHCR
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COVID-19 booster strategy as Delta multiplies, highlights ‘disappointing inequality’: WHO

The COVID-19 Delta variant is travelling around the world at a “scorching pace” driving a new spike in cases and deaths, but it’s exposing a ‘hugely uneven and inequitable’ global gap in vaccine supply, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday.

News in Brief 12 July 2021

  • Conflict, climate change and coronavirus behind skyrocketing hunger
  • Schools still shuttered in 19 countries due to COVID-19
  • UN rights chief's action call on structural racism
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COVID-19 mRNA vaccines and Myocarditis: benefits outweigh the risks, says WHO committee

After receiving reports of heart inflammation cases due to myocarditis and pericarditis following vaccination with COVID-19 Pfizer and Moderna shots, World Health Organization (WHO) experts on Friday said that the benefits of the vaccines still outweigh the risks in reducing hospitalizations and deaths due to infection.

COVID death toll passes 4 million: Global Vaccine Plan essential, declares Guterres

The global death toll due to COVID-19 officially passed four million late on Wednesday, marking yet another “grim milestone” and underlining the urgent need for the world to put a Global Vaccine Plan in place to get the pandemic under control, said the UN chief in a statement.

COVID variants ‘winning the race against vaccines’ warns WHO chief

Variants like Delta are “currently winning the race against vaccines” said the World Health Organization (WHO) chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Wednesday, pinning the blame squarely on a lack of equitable vaccine production and distribution.

News in Brief 7 July 2021

  • COVID variants ‘winning the race against vaccines’: WHO chief
  • UN Myanmar expert calls for ‘emergency coalition’ to end junta rights abuses
  • Pathway to jobs in education for refugee graduates: UNHCR
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