Joint virtual briefing for Member States on the COVID-19 pandemic (27 March 2020)

Due to the unprecedented challenge posed by the COVID-19 pandemic to the work of the United Nations, the Presidents of the General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council and the Secretary-General will convene a joint virtual briefing for Member States.

The briefing will focus on outreach to Member States and other stakeholders, including the measures taken to mitigate the impact of this pandemic on the work of the Organisation, as well as the activities of the Principal Organs of the United Nations during this crisis.

The Secretary-General will also update Member States on efforts across the United Nations system to respond to the crisis in its multiple dimensions and plan for the global recovery.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) UN website:

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.

  • 12 days in a row with no new Covid-19 cases |
  • N.Y. Governor Cuomo: Mass Protests Could Accelerate Virus Spread
  • How many people have really been tested for COVID-19 in the UK?
  • Leave a Comment