News & Perspective

Apr 17, 2020

Apr 17, 2020
Patient on ventilator

China ups coronavirus death toll

As global deaths approach 150,000, the WHO says it will issue guidance over the weekend on serologic testing.

Mar 03, 2020

Mar 03, 2020
Respirators

WHO warns of COVID-19-related protective equipment shortage

Three main hot spots saw no slowdown in cases, and Argentina and Chile became the latest countries in the Americas to report their first cases.

Feb 28, 2020

Feb 28, 2020
Mexico City

WHO raises global COVID-19 risk to highest level

As concerns deepen about Iran, the WHO is in the process of sending a mission to the country, with UAE help.

Feb 24, 2020

Feb 24, 2020
Critically ill patient in hospital

Study of 72,000 COVID-19 patients finds 2.3% death rate

The JAMA study reveals a 49% death rate in critically ill patients; for a much smaller study it was 62%.

Feb 19, 2020

Feb 19, 2020
ICU patient

China's COVID-19 death toll tops 2,000; Iran reports first cases

Also today, 79 more Diamond Princess infections were reportedraising cruise ship totals to 621 and the WHO details stepped-up response measures regarding the Westerdam ship in Cambodia.

Feb 04, 2020

Feb 04, 2020
Man viewing airport flight board

nCoV total tops 20,000 as officials probe spread from nations outside of China

While officials investigate imported cases not apparently linked directly to China, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD, says, "This is still first and foremost an emergency for China."

Feb 03, 2020

Feb 03, 2020
Chinese woman wearing mask

China nCoV surge tops 17,000 as more vaccine support announced

In a new Q&A, the WHO answers common questions and dispels myths.

Feb 01, 2020

Feb 01, 2020
Japanese woman wearing surgical mask

China's nCoV total nears 12,000; US reports 2 more cases

Australia has barred travelers from China, a move the US took yesterday.

Jan 30, 2020

Jan 30, 2020
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD, WHO

WHO declares nCoV public health emergency amid virus spread

The main worry is the possible effect on weaker nations.

Jan 29, 2020

Jan 29, 2020
Airliner over Dubai, UAE

WHO experts to again weigh nCoV emergency status as more nations affected

Outbreak cases top 6,000 in China, with 133 deaths now confirmed, while Finland and the United Arab Emirates record their first cases and other countries report disease spread.

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