COVID-19

Young people ‘not invincible’ in COVID-19 pandemic: WHO chief

Although older people are among those at highest risk of COVID-19, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has reminded younger generations that they are “not invincible” when it comes to the disease.

Ravages of acute hunger will likely hit six in 10 in Zimbabwe: WFP

The World Food Programme (WFP) is urgently seeking more international support to prevent millions of Zimbabweans plunging deeper into hunger. The COVID-19 pandemic has aggravated an already severe hunger crisis in Zimbabwe, UN humanitarians warned on Thursday.

COVID-19: UN chief outlines path to sustainable, inclusive recovery in Southeast Asia

Tackling inequality, bridging the digital divide, greening the economy, and upholding human rights and good governance will be critical for Southeast Asia to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN Secretary-General said on Thursday.

Asia-Pacific: ‘Call to action’ highlights role of family farmers amidst COVID-19 pandemic

Although hundreds of millions of smallholder family farmers in Asia-Pacific produce a majority of the world’s food, the COVID-19 pandemic is having a disproportionate impact on their livelihoods, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Learning can counter COVID-19 crisis and give hope, says UN education partner

In an emergency, education isn’t perhaps the first priority that springs to mind, when it comes to helping people in crisis.

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News in Brief 28 July 2020

  • Jailed DPRK women forced home, 'face grevious abuse'
  • COVID likely not seasonal, WHO warns
  • Desert Locust upsurge tamed in Kenya
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COVID-19 is not just seasonal, cautions WHO, as ‘first wave’ continues

The COVID-19 virus is likely not impacted by the changing seasons like other respiratory diseases, the UN health agency said on Tuesday, before urging much greater respect for physical distancing measures to stop it spreading.

Coronavirus: Reshape the urban world to aid ‘ground zero’ pandemic cities

Cities have proved to be “ground zero” the world over for the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN chief said on Tuesday, encouraging leaders everywhere to “rethink and reshape the urban world” as we recover. 

Trade pact could boost Africa’s income by as much as $450 billion: World Bank

The African Continental Free Trade Area represents a major opportunity for countries to boost growth, reduce poverty, broaden economic inclusion and help “expand opportunities for all Africans”, hailed a World Bank official on Monday, which if fully implemented, could boost regional income by around $450 billion.

News in Brief 27 July 2020

  • 'Hard choices' ahead on COVID warns WHO
  • Rights to water and sanitation are key: UN experts
  • Good news on hepatitis B
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