Covid origins probe: WHO 'willing' to send mission if China cooperates
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WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urged Beijing to offer more information on the origins of Covid-19, the Financial Times reported.
Covid-19 no longer a public health emergency: WHO
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Covid-19 was declared a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC) in January 2020. About six weeks later, it was characterised as a pandemic. The deadly disease has to date infected over 763 million and claimed more than 6.9 million lives globally.
WHO turns 75, calls for health equity
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Seventy-five years ago, after years of war, the nations of the world agreed to set up a new organisation and "debated and agreed what this organisation would be and do in a document called the Constitution of the World Health Organisation," the organisation's Director General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, recalled at a press briefing here on Thursday.
Cyclone Freddy deepens cholera risks in worst-hit countries: WHO
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Since Freddy made landfall in Madagascar, Mozambique and Malawi, the devastation has raised public health risks, as the cyclone tore through amid cholera outbreaks in Malawi and Mozambique, said the WHO Regional Office for Africa, based in Brazzaville, capital of the Republic of the Congo. According to the WHO Regional Office.
Covid-19 still international health emergency: WHO
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The announcement came amid the recent increase of weekly reported deaths worldwide. After its quarterly assessment meeting on the Covid-19 pandemic on Friday, the WHO's International Health Regulations (2005) Emergency Committee announced on Monday that Covid-19 continues to constitute a PHEIC, which has been concurred by WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
Not hiding Covid infections or death figures, claims China
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According to South China Morning Post, Beijing's embassy in Washington, DC, countered allegations after several countries, including the World Health Organisation (WHO), criticised China for withholding actual Covid figures, requesting the country to come clean on the infection surge and hospitalisations. "China has always shared its information and data responsibly with the international community," Liu Pengyu, spokesman for Beijing's Washington embassy, said in a news briefing. Chinese scientists are "now working with WHO to have further discussions about the data," he said,
Countries curbing China 'understandable' in absence of Covid data: WHO chief
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WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus made the remark as several countries from the US to South Korea put restrictions on air travellers from China which is seeing a massive Covid surge but not revealing data. "In the absence of comprehensive information from #China, it is understandable that countries around the world are acting in ways that they believe may protect their populations," the WHO chief said in a tweet.
Amid Covid resurgence, China's hospitals seem to be filling up: WHO
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Addressing the media here on Wednesday, Michael Ryan, Executive Director of the WHO's Health Emergencies Programme, said: "In China, what's been reported is relatively low numbers of cases in ICUs, but anecdotally ICUs are filling up. "We've been saying this for weeks that this highly infectious virus was always going to be very hard to stop completely, with just public health and social measures."
Covid global health emergency hopefully ends next year: WHO chief
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Addressing a press briefing in Geneva, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that the WHO Covid-19 Emergency Committee will discuss next month the criteria for declaring an end to the Covid-19 emergency, Xinhua news agency reported.
WHO renames monkeypox as 'mpox' to avoid stigma
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Both names -- mpox and monkeypox -- will be used simultaneously for one year while the latter is phased out, the WHO said in a statement on Monday. The change comes after a number of individuals and countries have raised concerns in several meetings and asked the WHO to propose a way forward to change the name.
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