Health

Intensifying shelling and COVID-19 pandemic creates ‘perfect storm’ in Libya

In Libya, ongoing heavy fighting has raised concerns yet further, about the likely devastating impact of the new coronavirus on people there, particularly those repeatedly forced to flee violence.

Still ‘a long way to go’ in coronavirus battle, WHO chief warns

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned against complacency as countries continue to confront COVID-19 and citizens grow weary of stay-at-home measures aimed at preventing the spread of the disease.

COVID-19: 5G broadband conspiracy ‘a hoax with no technical basis’, UN telecoms agency

The latest generation of fast broadband, commonly known as 5G, is in no way responsible for the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) – the UN’s agency for information and communication technologies – confirmed on Wednesday.

Fall in COVID-linked carbon emissions won’t halt climate change - UN weather agency chief

An expected drop in greenhouse gas emissions linked to the global economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is only “short-term good news”, the head of the UN weather agency said on Wednesday. 

Startling disparities in digital learning emerge as COVID-19 spreads: UN education agency

With most of the world’s students now at home due to COVID-19, the pandemic is revealing startling divides in digitally-based distance learning, data from the UN education and cultural agency, UNESCO, and partners has revealed.

UN General Assembly calls for swift global access to coronavirus vaccinations

The United Nations General Assembly is asking the Secretary-General to look into ways to ensure that all those in need - particularly in the developing world – get free, fair and swift access to vaccines, and other medicines, to combat the COVID-19 virus.

Lifting lockdowns does not signal the end of COVID-19: WHO chief

The World Health Organization (WHO) has reiterated its stance on the lifting of lockdown measures aimed at protecting the public against the spread of COVID-19.

Bringing Nollywood star power to Nigeria’s fight against COVID-19: a UN Resident Coordinator blog

All of the UN bodies in Nigeria are working closely together, to ensure that the country’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic is effective, and saves as many lives as possible. By the UN Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon.

UN issues appeal to bolster COVID-19 ‘logistics backbone’, warns global response could stutter to a halt 

The heads of major UN humanitarian agencies and offices have launched an urgent appeal for $350 million to support global aid hubs to help those most at risk during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19: ‘Phased process’ for lifting restrictions is key, WHO chief urges G20

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) told a virtual meeting of the G20 leading global economies on Sunday that although it was encouraging for some countries to be planning to ease lockdowns against COVID-19, “it is critical that these measures are a phased process”.