WHO says it has completed groundwork in China for virus origin probe | AFP

World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says the WHO’s mission in China laying the groundwork for an investigation into the animal origins of the coronavirus pandemic has concluded. SOUNDBITE

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WHO: There may never be a COVID-19 ‘silver bullet’ | AFP

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says that there might never be a “silver bullet” answer to the new coronavirus, despite the rush to discover effective vaccines. SOUNDBITE

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WHO says careless young people driving some COVID-19 spikes | AFP

World Health Organization experts warn that spikes in coronavirus transmission in a number of countries are being driven by young people, who “must take the same precautions to protect themselves and protect others” says WHO Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

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Young people “not invincible” in face of virus warns WHO | AFP

World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warns that spikes in coronavirus transmission in a number of countries are being driven by young people “letting down their guard”, reminding them that they are also at risk. SOUNDBITE

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WHO chief condemns Pompeo charges as ‘untrue’ and ‘without foundation’ | AFP

World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus rejects an allegation from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that he owed his position to a deal with China as false. SOUNDBITE

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Coronavirus can still be brought under control: WHO | AFP

Intense outbreaks of the new coronavirus can still be brought under control, World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says. SOUNDBITE

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Coronavirus pandemic accelerating, still short of peak: WHO | AFP

Some 400,000 new cases of COVID-19 were reported over the weekend and the new coronavirus pandemic shows no sign of slowing down, says World Health Organization (WHO) director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. IMAGES of a WHO press conference

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Over 160,000 coronavirus cases reported every day in past week: WHO | AFP

The number of new coronavirus cases for the past week has “exceeded 160,000 on every single day,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says at a virtual briefing, while reiterating that taking a “comprehensive approach” is the best way to rein in the virus. SOUNDBITE of a WHO virtual press conference

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After six months, pandemic ‘not even close’ to being over: WHO | AFP

Six months since the start of the novel coronavirus outbreak, the pandemic is “not even close to being over”, World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says at a virtual press conference. SOUNDBITE of a WHO virtual press conference

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Coronavirus pandemic still accelerating: WHO chief | AFP

The World Health Organization’s director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says during an online conference that the novel coronavirus pandemic is still accelerating and its effects will be felt for decades. SOUNDBITE

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WHO says it wants to keep working with US | AFP

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says US involvement with the UN health agency had made a “great difference” over the decades and “it is WHO’s wish for this collaboration to continue”. SOUNDBITE

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Billions raised for virus vaccine ‘powerful’ show of solidarity: WHO | AFP

World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus hails an international fundraising telethon as a powerful show of “global solidarity”. The fundraiser, hosted by Ursula von der Leyen, head of the European Commission, saw world leaders pledge 7.4 billion euros ($8.1 billion) towards research for a vaccine against coronavirus. SOUNDBITE

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WHO “regrets” Trump’s decision to suspend funding | AFP

WHO chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, says the organisation “regrets” US President Donald Trump’s decision to suspend funding of the UN agency over criticism it had mismanaged the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. SOUNDBITE d’une confΓ©rence de presse de l’OMS

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Lifting virus restrictions too quick could spark ‘deadly resurgence’: WHO | AFP

A hasty lifting of restrictions imposed to control the COVID-19 pandemic could lead to a fatal resurgence of the new coronavirus, the World Health Organization warns. “WHO wants to see restrictions lifted as much as anyone. At the same time, lifting restrictions too quickly could lead to a deadly resurgence. The way down can be as dangerous as the way up if not managed properly,” the UN health body’s chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says during a virtual press conference in Geneva. IMAGES

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WHO chief and Trump at odds over ‘politicizing’ of coronavirus | AFP

US president Donald Trump and WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus disagree over alleged ‘politicizing’ of the COVID-19 pandemic: the World Health Organisation is pleading for global unity in the face of accusations from Trump that the UN health agency is ‘very China-centric’.

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Don’t politicise virus, WHO chief says after Trump criticism | AFP

“Please don’t politicise this virus,” says World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus following stinging criticism of the WHO from US President Donald Trump. SOUNDBITE

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Coronavirus: WHO concerned at ‘rapid escalation’ of pandemic as deaths double in a week | AFP

World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says he is concerned about the recent “rapid escalation” and global spread of the new coronavirus pandemic. “The number of deaths has more than doubled in the past week… in the next few days we will reach one million confirmed cases and 50,000 deaths,” he told a virtual news conference. SOUNDBITE

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World can ‘change the trajectory of the pandemic’: WHO | AFP

The new coronavirus pandemic is clearly “accelerating”, the World Health Organization warns, but says it is still possible to “change the trajectory” of the outbreak. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says “we are not helpless bystanders. We can change the trajectory of this pandemic.” IMAGES

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Europe now ‘epicentre’ of COVID-19 pandemic: WHO | AFP

Europe is now the “epicentre” for the global coronavirus pandemic, says Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director general SOUNDBITE

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Iran doing its best on virus despite lack of equipment: WHO | AFP

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says Iran is doing ‘its best’ in battling the coronavirus outbreak in the country as it struggles to source enough medical supplies to treat patients suffering from the virus. SOUNDBITE

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Over 70% of people infected with coronavirus in China have recovered: WHO | AFP

The World Health Organization says that more than 70 percent of those infected with the new coronavirus in China have recovered, adding that the country was bringing its epidemic under control. Out of the more than 80,000 cases of COVID-19 in China, “more than 70 percent have recovered and have been discharged,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says in Geneva. IMAGES

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WHO warns some countries not doing enough to fight virus | AFP

The World Health Organization warns that a number of countries were not taking all the the steps needed to fight against the spread of the deadly new coronavirus. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director general, says “the actions that demonstrate commitment do not match the level of the threat we all face”. IMAGES

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Protective gear to fight virus ‘rapidly depleting’: WHO | AFP

The World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warns that protective gear, such as masks and goggles used by health workers, to fight novel coronavirus are ‘rapidly depleting’. SOUNDBITE

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Nine times more new virus cases outside China than in: WHO | AFP

The World Health Organization says that the number of new coronavirus cases registered in the past day in China was far lower than in the rest of the world. “In the last 24 hours there were almost nine times more COVID-19 cases reported outside China than inside China,” World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says. SOUNDBITE

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World must prepare for ‘potential pandemic’: WHO chief | AFP

The World Health Organization chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, says the world should be working harder to contain the spread of the deadly new coronavirus, and should be preparing for a “potential pandemic”. IMAGES

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