People with protective masks walk in the street of Tokyo, Japan.
© ADB/Richard Atrero de Guzman

Two years on, COVID-19 pandemic ‘far from over’

Almost 500 million people have been infected with the coronavirus since March 2020 and new variants are still a threat. This Friday marks two years since the World Health Organization (WHO) characterised the global spread of COVID-19 as a pandemic. 

© UNICEF/Jose Vilca

News in Brief 28 July 2021

– COVID-19 infections rise 8 per cent in a week, Delta variant now in 132 countries
– Myanmar: Rights expert calls for ‘COVID ceasefire’, urges UN action 
– Cornerstone treaty of refugee protection turns 70