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.

COVID-19 ‘extremely unlikely’ to have come from a lab, experts say

The virus that causes COVID-19 probably jumped from animals to humans and is “extremely unlikely” to have come from a laboratory, the head of an international team investigating the origins of the disease said on Tuesday. 

News in Brief 9 February 2021

  • Latest LaNiña report suggests warmer, wetter months to come - WMO
  • 2.5 billion people in almost 130 countries lack access to COVID vaccine
  • Myanmar: UN country office expresses strong concern at use of force against protesters
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