This week marks six months since WHO declared COVID-19 a public health emergency of international concern, when there were less than 100 cases outside of China and no deaths. As of today, there have been more than 16 million cases reported & 640,000 deaths.
“This is the sixth time a global health emergency has been declared under the International Health Regulations, but it is easily the most severe” WHO Director-General Dr Tedros
“As required under the International Health Regulations, I will reconvene the Emergency Committee later this week to re-evaluate the #COVID19 pandemic and advise me accordingly” WHO Director-General Dr Tedros
Learn more on WHO and partners work around the world : https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
Watch the entire press conference from 27 July here: https://youtu.be/r3nGBaieTKM
In This Story: Covid-19
Covid-19 is the official WHO name given to the novel coronavirus which broke out in late 2019 and began to spread in the early months of 2020.
Symptoms of coronavirus
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a persistent new cough (non productive, dry)
- a high temperature (e.g. head feels warm to the touch)
- shortness of breath (if this is abnormal for the individual, or increased)
Latest News about Covid-19
Below are stories from around the globe related to the 2020 outbreak of novel Coronavirus – since the WHO gave the Covid-19 naming. Most recent items are posted nearest the top.