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14 Nov 2023


Gaza's Al-Shifa Hospital buried 179 in 'mass grave,' says director

War-torn Gaza's largest medical facility, Al-Shifa Hospital, has buried 179 people—including infants and intensive care unit patients—in a "mass grave" after a fuel shortage led to a humanitarian crisis, said Director Mohammad Abu Salmiyah, per AFP.

14 Nov 2023


Will free 70 hostages in exchange for 5-day ceasefire: Hamas

Amid the escalating war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, the Palestinian terror group's military arm, the Al-Qassam Brigades, has proposed a five-day ceasefire with Israel in exchange for the release of up to 70 women and children hostages, Reuters reported.

04 Nov 2023


Israel airstrikes ambulance near Gaza hospital, 15 reported dead

At least 15 people lost their lives and nearly 60 others suffered injuries on Friday in an Israeli airstrike on an ambulance being used to evacuate the wounded from blockaded northern Gaza.

New COVID-19 BA.2.86 strain highly mutated compared to 'Eris': WHO

The newly classified BA.2.86 sub-variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus is "highly mutated" compared to the original strain and the newly identified EG.5 or "Eris" strain, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said.

WHO names COVID-19 'Eris' strain as 'variant of interest'

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday identified the EG.5 or "Eris" strain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus detected in India and other parts of the world as a "variant of interest."

06 May 2023


COVID-19 update: India logs 2,961 new cases, 17 deaths

India has reported 2,961 new COVID-19 cases, a slight decrease from the previous day, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare's data shared on Saturday morning.

China accuses WHO of defaming it over COVID-19 data demands

China's top public health official has reportedly accused the World Health Organization (WHO) of defamation after its Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Beijing should have shared genetic information about COVID-19 much earlier.

China holds key to understanding COVID-19 origins: WHO chief

The World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Thursday said that all hypotheses related to the origins of COVID-19 will remain on the table until China shares data with it.

Did not abandon plans to trace origins of COVID-19: WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday that it has not abandoned its efforts to establish the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, and urged all nations to share what they know about it.

'Very concerned' about COVID-19 situation in China: WHO chief

The World Health Organization's (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Wednesday expressed serious concerns over the unprecedented surge of COVID-19 cases in China.

06 Oct 2022


66 Gambia deaths: Centre probes Indian company's 4 cough syrups

After the death of 66 children in the Gambia, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued an alert against using four fever, cold, and cough syrups manufactured by Maiden Pharmaceuticals Limited — an Indian pharmaceuticals company based in Haryana.

COVID-19 end 'in sight', deaths lowest since March 2020: WHO

In a significant development, the World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Wednesday announced that the number of coronavirus fatalities globally last week was the lowest documented in the pandemic since March 2020.

Can't pretend COVID-19 is gone: WHO chief on rising cases

In a fresh warning against rising COVID-19 cases worldwide, the chief of the World Health Organisation (WHO) said, "we cannot pretend it's not there."

02 Aug 2022


Monkeypox: Rajasthan reports 1st suspected case; Kerala registers 5th infection

Rajasthan on Monday reported its first suspected monkeypox case.

Monkeypox scare: WHO advises bisexual men to limit sexual partners

Amid a global surge of monkeypox, the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday recommended bisexual men, who are most affected by the virus, to restrict their sexual partners.

WHO declares monkeypox outbreak 'global public health emergency': Details here

Sounding the highest level of alarm that it can on the monkeypox outbreak, the World Health Organization (WHO) on Saturday declared it a global public health emergency.

WHO confirms over 1,000 monkeypox cases in 29 countries

Amid surging monkeypox infections across the globe, the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday said that there are more than 1,000 confirmed cases in 29 countries.

23 Apr 2022


WHO's first global traditional medicine center in Gujarat by 2024

World Health Organization's (WHO) first-of-its-kind Global Center for Traditional Medicine (GCTM) is set to open in Gujarat's Jamnagar by 2024, reported News18.

When will the COVID-19 pandemic end? WHO chief says this

World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Sunday said the coronavirus pandemic is far from over.

WHO lauds India's decision to resume COVID-19 vaccine exports

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has hailed India's decision to resume COVID-19 vaccine exports as an important development in support of the goal to reach 40% vaccination in all countries by end of the year.

21 Jul 2021

2020 Tokyo Olympics

WHO leader says virus risk inevitable at Tokyo Olympics

The Tokyo Olympics should not be judged by the tally of COVID-19 cases that arise because eliminating risk is impossible, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) told sports officials on Wednesday as events began in Japan.

WHO chief says COVID-19 lab leak theory possible; China responds

World Health Organization (WHO) chief Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has acknowledged the possibility of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 leaking from a laboratory.

We're in early stages of third COVID-19 wave: WHO chief

Sounding alarm over the rising Delta variant cases of COVID-19, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, on Thursday warned the world the pandemic is now in the "early stages" of the third wave.

COVID-19 pandemic a long way from over, says WHO chief

Even though more than 780 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have now been administered globally, the pandemic is a long way from over but it can be brought under control in months with proven public health measures, World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said.

02 Apr 2021


India backs WHO's call for comprehensive probe into coronavirus origins

On Thursday, India joined the growing list of countries demanding a comprehensive probe into the origin of COVID-19.

WHO Chief warns of complacency as global virus cases drop

The head of the World Health Organization said on Friday that the drop in confirmed COVID-19 infections around the world was encouraging, but cautioned against relaxing restrictions that have helped curb its spread.

WHO team reaches China to investigate coronavirus origins

A team of ten scientists from the World Health Organization (WHO) landed in Wuhan on Thursday to understand how coronavirus jumped from animals to humans, triggering a pandemic that has killed nearly two million globally and battered economies.

WHO team probing coronavirus origins to visit on Thursday: China

A team of experts from the World Health Organization are due to reach China on January 14 to probe the origins of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, officials said on Monday.

WHO: Rich nations, vaccine makers should stop bilateral deals

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, appealed on Friday to makers of COVID-19 vaccines and the wealthier countries buying them to stop making bilateral deals, saying they are hurting a UN-backed effort to widen access to the jabs.

China blocks investigation into coronavirus origins, WHO chief 'disappointed'

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus expressed disappointment after China blocked an investigation into the origins of coronavirus.

Coronavirus pandemic 'not necessarily the big one,' warn WHO experts

While the coronavirus pandemic is severe, it is "necessarily not the big one," experts of the World Health Organization (WHO) have warned as they urged the world for greater preparedness for future outbreaks.

Coronavirus pandemic will not be last, says WHO chief

The coronavirus pandemic will not be the last one, World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Sunday.

COVID-19 is not tired of us, says WHO chief

The World Health Organization (WHO)'s chief has called for everyone to keep battling COVID-19, warning that we might be tired of the pandemic, but it is "not tired of us."

WHO Chief quarantines after contact tests positive for coronavirus

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the chief of the World Health Organization, informed late on Sunday that he will remain in quarantine after a person, whom he came in contact with, tested positive for coronavirus. He, however, stressed he is asymptomatic.

All you need to know about WHO's global COVAX initiative

With little hope that the coronavirus pandemic is going to slow down any time soon, all eyes are on the development of a vaccine against SARS-CoV-2.

Hope world eradicates COVID-19 faster than Spanish Flu: WHO chief

World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, in a statement on Friday, said that he hopes that the world gets rid of COVID-19 in less than two years, faster than what it took to eradicate the 1918 Spanish Flu.

Young people not entirely safe from coronavirus, WHO reiterates

With the seventh month of battling the coronavirus pandemic over, the World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday repeated that guard can't be let down and blamed the younger population for driving the surge in some countries, adding that they aren't "invincible."

WHO finally admits China didn't report about coronavirus outbreak

More than six months after the initial cases of coronavirus were reported, the World Health Organization (WHO) has finally acknowledged that China didn't inform it about the highly-contagious disease.

30 Jun 2020

South Korea

Coronavirus, that killed over 500,000, isn't even nearing end: WHO

It has wreaked havoc on countries, destroyed economies, stripped thousands of their livelihoods, and pushed millions to poverty, but the coronavirus pandemic is still not nearing its end, WHO Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a briefing on Monday.

09 Jun 2020


Globally, the situation is worsening: WHO about coronavirus

In a development that should worry all countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday said the coronavirus situation was worsening globally, though some improvement was witnessed in Europe.

WHO takes a U-turn, resumes Hydroxychloroquine trials: Details here

The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed that it will be resuming the clinical trials of anti-malaria drug Hydroxychloroquine around the world.

Coronavirus cases cross 5 million globally; 'biggest one-day spike'

The number of coronavirus infections around the world has surpassed the 5 million mark, the latest figures suggested.

WHO denies reports that it delayed COVID-19 alert for China

The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Sunday denied a report that it delayed a global warning on the coronavirus outbreak on the request of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

23 Apr 2020

Deepika Padukone

After backlash, Deepika's conversation with WHO chief put on hold

Recently, Deepika Padukone announced that she would collaborate with the Director-General of World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, to discuss the importance of mental health in light of the coronavirus crisis.

Coronavirus will be with us for long time, says WHO

As deaths across the globe due to COVID-19 continue unabated, the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday warned that the coronavirus is here to stay.

21 Apr 2020


Group of ministers could discuss lockdown exit plan today

A group of ministers will be meeting this evening and could discuss the exit plan of lockdown, NDTV said on Tuesday citing sources.

WHO chief calls for unity as Trump threatens fund cut

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of the World Health Organization, responded to criticism about the body's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, saying that the disease can be defeated with unity.

25 Mar 2020


Coronavirus positive cases top 400,000 worldwide, pandemic is accelerating

In just three days, the number of coronavirus cases, worldwide, went from 300,000 to over 400,000, giving yet another proof of how contagious the disease is.

What is a pandemic? Why has COVID-19 been declared one?

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday declared the novel coronavirus outbreak a pandemic as the virus continues to spread globally.

Coronavirus round-up: WHO calls it pandemic, India suspends visas

Months after it originated in China, the World Health Organization declared coronavirus outbreak as a pandemic, while asking all countries to take urgent and aggressive action.

WHO names deadly coronavirus disease 'COVID-19'

The deadly coronavirus disease that has affected thousands around the globe and claimed hundreds of lives has been given an official name - 'COVID-19'.

Coronavirus kills over 800; death toll surpasses SARS

The number of deaths caused by the novel coronavirus outbreak has surpassed global fatalities in the 2002-2003 SARS epidemic.

Wuhan coronavirus outbreak declared 'global health emergency' by WHO

The World Health Organization on Thursday declared the ongoing coronavirus outbreak a global health emergency.

WHO report: 1 in 4 healthcare centers lacks basic facilities

The World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) published a Joint Monitoring Program (JMP) report for Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) on April 3.

31 May 2018


India has second highest number of smokers in the world

With 106 million smokers aged 15 or above, India stands next to China in the winner podium, which (China) has the highest number of smokers in the world.

02 May 2018


14 of world's 20 most-polluted cities in India: WHO

Despite global outrage, air pollution has reached critical levels globally. According to latest data from the World Health Organization (WHO), an alarming nine of 10 people breathe in highly-polluted air, which kills 70L people annually.

12 Apr 2018


First two-years of breastfeeding would save 8.2L babies annually: WHO

Breastfeeding babies for the first two years would save the lives of more than 8,20,000 children annually, according to the new 10-point WHO-UNICEF guidelines, which is aimed at promoting breastfeeding.

Indian scientist Dr. Soumya Swaminathan named WHO's Deputy Director-General

The World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva has appointed India's Dr. Soumya Swaminathan as the Deputy Director-General for Programmes. She is currently the Director-General of Indian Council of Medical Research.