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World Health Organization: Specialized agency of the United Nations
The World Health Organization (WHO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for international public health. The WHO Constitution, which establishes the agency's governing structure and principles, states its main objective as "the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health." It is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, with six semi-autonomous regional offices and 150 field offices worldwide.

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WHO: Covid-19 crisis has brought out the best and worst in humanity [Video]

WHO: Covid-19 crisis has brought out the best and worst in humanity

Credit: World Health OrganisationWith more than 500,000 people dead and over 10 million confirmed Covid-19 cases worldwide, WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said this is "a moment..

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Apple Watch to Prompt Users to Wash Hands for 20 Seconds [Video]

Apple Watch to Prompt Users to Wash Hands for 20 Seconds

The World Health Organization states that washing your hands for 20 seconds is vital in stopping the spread of COVID-19.

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Coronavirus: The 11 countries where WHO Europe says COVID-19 is on the rise [Video]

Coronavirus: The 11 countries where WHO Europe says COVID-19 is on the rise

Which 11 countries in WHO's European region have seen their COVID-19 outbreaks accelerate in recent weeks?View on euronews

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WHO expects to see worldwide Covid-19 cases reach 10 million within next week [Video]

WHO expects to see worldwide Covid-19 cases reach 10 million within next week

The World Health Organisation (WHO) said that it expects to see the number of cases of Covid-19 reach 10 million within the next week.Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director general, told a press..

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WHO: Brazil's COVID-19 cases 'much higher' than reports [Video]

WHO: Brazil's COVID-19 cases 'much higher' than reports

The World Health Organization says the lack of testing means many cases are likely going undetected in the world’s second-worst affected with 51,000 deaths reported so far.

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England's cultural hubs to reopen July 4 [Video]

England's cultural hubs to reopen July 4

Cinemas, museums and galleries in one of the nations hardest hit by the global pandemic can reopen from early next month. Emer McCarthy reports.

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New York reopens, other states spike and global cases hit 'grim record' [Video]

New York reopens, other states spike and global cases hit 'grim record'

New York City entered Phase 2 of reopening on Monday while at least 12 other states saw record COVID-19 spikes - and the World Health Organization reported a record number of new daily cases. Lisa..

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WHO Cheif says the greatest threat during the pandemic is "lack of global solidarity" [Video]

WHO Cheif says the greatest threat during the pandemic is "lack of global solidarity"

The greatest threat from the Covid-19 pandemic is not the coronavirus itself but a "lack of global solidarity" in confronting it, the World Health Organization chief warned on Monday. Tedros Adhanom..

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World entering 'dangerous phase' with coronavirus: WHO [Video]

World entering 'dangerous phase' with coronavirus: WHO

The WHO director general on Friday warned that the world has entered a "dangerous" new pandemic phase and that the spread of the coronavirus is accelerating. Gavino Garay has more.

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Pandemic spreading faster in Americas, south Asia, Middle East - WHO [Video]

Pandemic spreading faster in Americas, south Asia, Middle East - WHO

The coronavirus pandemic is accelerating, with Thursday's 150,000 new cases the highest in a single day and nearly half of those in the Americas, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday..

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Europeans working with U.S. to restructure WHO, top official says [Video]

Europeans working with U.S. to restructure WHO, top official says

European governments are working with the United States on plans to overhaul the World Health Organization, a top health official for a European country said, signalling that Europe shares some of the..

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WHO: Steroid should be kept for serious cases [Video]

WHO: Steroid should be kept for serious cases

A cheap steroid that can help save the lives of patients with severe COVID-19 should be reserved for serious cases in which it has been shown to provide benefits, the World Health Organization said on..

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WHO sees "green shoots" of hope in pandemic [Video]

WHO sees "green shoots" of hope in pandemic

Signs of hope have started to show in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday, but it added that countries must continue to work on prevention..

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WHO to update COVID-19 guidance for steroid drug [Video]

WHO to update COVID-19 guidance for steroid drug

[NFA] The World Health Organization said it was moving to update its guidelines on treating people stricken with COVID-19 to reflect results of a clinical trial that showed a cheap, common steroid can..

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Should People Wear Masks On Public Transportation? [Video]

Should People Wear Masks On Public Transportation?

Australian Deputy Chief Medical Officer Nick Coatsworth spoke on people wearing masks on buses, trans or trams. He said if you’re “a vulnerable person” then wearing a mask would be a..

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Beijing on alert amid surge in market virus cases [Video]

Beijing on alert amid surge in market virus cases

Xinfadi wholesale food market is closed, with a second day of record high COVID-19 cases, and no clear source of the cluster. Caroline Malone reports.

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Coronavirus updates: Los Angeles, Florida counties to close beaches for July 4th weekend; WHO warns 'worst is yet to come'; 126K US deaths

Los Angeles and several Florida counties will close its beaches for Fourth of July weekend. The WHO issued a warning about the disease. Latest news.  
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W.H.O. Warns of ‘Dangerous Phase’ of Pandemic as Outbreaks Widen

Beijing and Seoul have had a recent surge in coronavirus cases, and businesses are recoiling in America as infections sharply increase in Southern and Western states.
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Steroid should be kept for serious coronavirus cases, WHO says

A cheap steroid that can help save the lives of patients with severe COVID-19 should be reserved for serious cases in which it has been shown to provide benefits, the World Health Organization said on..
Reuters - Published

Disagreement on WHO hindering U.N. Security Council conference: RIA

Russia said on Wednesday that differences between other nations over the role of the World Health Organization have delayed a video conference being organized between the permanent members of the U.N...
Reuters - Published

WHO moves to update COVID-19 guidance after 'great news' in drug study

The World Health Organization (WHO) said it was moving to update its guidelines on treating people stricken with COVID-19 to reflect results of a clinical trial that showed a cheap, common steroid can..
Reuters - Published

WHO sees 'great news' in steroid's trial results in COVID-19

The World Health Organization (WHO) hailed as "great news" initial clinical trial results that showed a cheap and widely used steroid called dexamethasone can help save the lives of critically ill..
Reuters - Published

Around 9% of Guinea-Bissau health workers have been infected with COVID-19

More than 170 of Guinea-Bissau's 2,000 health workers have contracted COVID-19, a World Health Organization expert said on Tuesday, warning that hospitals were close to being overwhelmed.
Reuters - Published

WHO Americas director says coronavirus pandemic still accelerating in the region

The number of people infected with the coronavirus in the Americas is fast approaching 4 million with almost 204,000 deaths, and the pandemic continues to accelerate, World Health Organization (WHO)..
Reuters - Published

Amid U.S. standoff, WHO chief to address Chinese university graduates

The head of the WHO is due to give a speech to Beijing university students this week, as the U.N. body seeks to manage a resurgence of the coronavirus in China amid hostility from its biggest donor,..
Reuters - Published

WHO chief to speak at top Chinese university graduation ceremony

The director-general of the World Health Organization is scheduled to give a commencement speech to students at the elite Tsinghua University in Beijing, amid accusations from the United States that he..
Reuters - Published

China's new virus outbreak needs further testing after 'hypothesis' on cause: WHO

The origins of a new cluster of coronavirus infections in Beijing are uncertain, World Health Organization officials said on Monday, but the claim that it might have been caused by imports or packaging..
Reuters - Published

WHO's Kluge warns against further lifting of lockdown in England: Guardian

The coronavirus induced lockdown in England should not be further lifted until the government's contact-tracing system proves to be "robust and effective", the World Health Organization's regional..
Reuters - Published

Brazil's COVID-19 deaths surge past UK, WHO says hospital system coping

Brazil's COVID-19 death toll overtook Britain's on Friday to become the second highest in the world with 41,828 dead, but the World Health Organization said the nation's health system was standing up..
Reuters - Published

Coronavirus hitting the Americas hardest says World Health Organization

The Americas are bearing the brunt of the global coronavirus pandemic at present, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, with North and South America currently having four of the 10 worst..
Reuters - Published

Kremlin defends Russia's coronavirus death data after WHO query

The Kremlin denied on Thursday there was anything untoward with Russia's official coronavirus death data after the World Health Organisation said this week that Russia's low death rate was "difficult..
Reuters - Published

Pandemic 'accelerating' in Africa, test kits needed, WHO says

The coronavirus pandemic is "accelerating" in Africa, spreading from capital cities where it arrived with travellers, but it does not appear that severe cases and deaths are being missed, the World..
Reuters - Published

WHO hopes to work with U.S. on Ebola despite Trump criticism

The World Health Organization hopes to work "side by side" with the United States to contain an outbreak of Ebola in Congo, its chief said on Wednesday, despite their differences over the new..
Reuters - Published

WHO recommends Pakistan reimpose intermittent lockdowns as COVID-19 cases rise sharply

The World Health Organization has recommended Pakistani authorities reimpose "intermittent lockdowns" of targeted areas to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, stating the country did not meet the..
Reuters - Published

WHO official walks back comments on asymptomatic transmission being 'very rare'

Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO's technical lead for COVID-19 response, clarified Tuesday that asymptomatic transmission is still 'a major unknown.'
USATODAY.com - Published

WHO says pandemic 'far from over' as daily cases hit record high

New coronavirus cases had their biggest daily increase ever as the pandemic worsens globally and has yet to peak in central America, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday, urging countries..
Reuters - Published

WHO head urges world not to drop guard as pandemic still growing

The World Health Organization (WHO) urged countries on Monday to press on with efforts to contain the novel coronavirus, noting the pandemic was worsening globally and had not peaked in central..
Reuters - Published

WHO head urges world not to let up on COVID battle

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) urged countries on Monday to press on with efforts to contain the novel coronovirus, noting the global situation is worsening.
Reuters - Published

Up to 12 infected in Congo's new Ebola outbreak: WHO

Up to 12 people have been found infected with Ebola in a new outbreak of the deadly disease in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday.
Reuters - Published

Factbox: Latest on the worldwide spread of the coronavirus

Some countries have seen COVID-19 cases rising as lockdowns ease, and populations must protect themselves from the coronavirus while authorities continue testing, the World Health Organization said on..
Reuters - Published

Bolsonaro threatens WHO exit as COVID-19 kills 'a Brazilian per minute'

President Jair Bolsonaro threatened on Friday to pull Brazil out of the World Health Organization after the U.N. agency warned governments about the risk of lifting lockdowns before slowing the spread..
Reuters - Published

Bolsonaro calls WHO 'political,' threatens Brazil exit

President Jair Bolsonaro threatened to pull Brazil out of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday unless it stops being a "partisan political organization."
Reuters - Published

Wear masks in public says WHO, in update of COVID-19 advice

The World Health Organization (WHO) updated its guidance on Friday to recommend that governments ask everyone to wear fabric face masks in public areas where there is a risk of transmission of COVID-19..
Reuters - Published

Factbox: What the WHO recommends on face masks

The World Health Organization (WHO) updated its guidance on Friday to recommend that governments ask people wear fabric face masks in public places to curb the spread of the pandemic COVID-19 disease..
Reuters - Published

WHO denies its representative falsified Equatorial Guinea COVID-19 data

The World Health Organization (WHO) said the expulsion of its representative in Equatorial Guinea followed a "misunderstanding over data" and denied that she had falsified the central African nation's..
Reuters - Published

WHO says its representative told to leave Equatorial Guinea

Equatorial Guinea is "severely affected" by the coronavirus, the World Health Organization's (WHO) Africa head said on Thursday, as its representative in the country was told to leave.
Reuters - Published

Two more people infected with Ebola in new Congo outbreak, WHO says

The Ebola virus has infected two more people in Equateur province in western Democratic Republic of Congo and spread to a new area 150 km (93 miles) away from the original six cases, the World Heath..
Reuters - Published

China rejects report that it delayed COVID-19 information sharing with WHO

China said on Wednesday a news report that said it delayed sharing COVID-19 information with the World Health Organization (WHO) is totally untrue.
Reuters - Published

Venezuela government, opposition agree to seek funds to fight coronavirus

Venezuela's government has signed an agreement with the opposition-led National Assembly to work with the regional arm of the World Health Organization to fight the novel coronavirus pandemic,..
Reuters - Published

WHO director for Americas urges U.S. help as coronavirus surges in region

The World Health Organization's regional director for the Americas urged the United States on Tuesday to keep helping countries in the region to fight the novel coronavirus even as the Trump..
Reuters - Published

WHO director for Americas says region close to 3 million COVID-19 cases

The World Health Organization's regional director for the Americas Carissa Etienne said on Tuesday that the COVID-19 epidemiological curve is still rising sharply in the region, with close to 3 million..
Reuters - Published

COVID cases rising in Russia, Eastern Europe, waning in Western Europe: WHO

New cases of COVID-19 reported daily are steadily declining in Western Europe, but not in hotspots in Russia and Eastern Europe, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

WHO and other experts say no evidence of coronavirus losing potency

World Health Organization experts and a range of other scientists said on Monday there was no evidence to support an assertion by a high-profile Italian doctor that the coronavirus causing the COVID-19..
Reuters - Published

WHO pushes to keep ties with 'generous' U.S. despite Trump's exit move

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday praised the United States' "immense" and "generous" contribution to global health in a push to salvage relations after President Donald Trump..
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China says U.S. 'addicted to quitting' over plan to withdraw from WHO

China said on Monday the United States was "addicted to quitting" following Washington's decision to leave the World Health Organization (WHO) and said the withdrawal reveals a pursuit of power..
Reuters - Published

EU urges U.S. to reconsider decision to cut ties with WHO

The European Union urged the United States on Saturday to reconsider its decision to cut ties with the World Health Organization over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
Reuters - Published

Live Coronavirus Updates

Cases are soaring in India, but its already-eased lockdown may end entirely on Sunday. President Trump said the United States would end its relationship with the World Health Organization.
NYTimes.com - Published

Trump cutting U.S. ties with World Health Organization over virus

The United States will end its relationship with the World Health Organization over the body's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday, accusing the U.N. agency..
Reuters - Published

Trump cuts ties with WHO, goes after China

President Donald Trump took punitive actions against China on Friday as well as terminating the U.S. relationship wiith the World Health Organization. (May 29)  
USATODAY.com - Published

WHO, 37 countries launch alliance to share tools to battle COVID-19

Thirty-seven countries and the World Health Organization (WHO) appealed on Friday for common ownership of vaccines, medicines and diagnostic tools to tackle the global coronavirus pandemic, taking aim..
Reuters - Published

Merkel urges fellow leaders to contribute more to multilateral organisations

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday urged fellow leaders to consider providing further support to multilateral institutions like the United Nations and the World Health Organisation to speed..
Reuters - Published

WHO official: European deaths spike since March linked to COVID-19

About 159,000 more people in 24 European countries have died since early March than would have ordinarily been expected, a World Health Organization (WHO) official said on Thursday, with a "significant..
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