KATHMANDU, November 23: As Nepal's COVID-19 test positivity rate hovers around 20 percent, the World Health Organization (WHO) officials are deeply concerned, saying that many more active cases are being left out.

GENEVA, Nov 21: The World Health Organization said on Friday it has suspended Gilead’s remdesivir from its so-called prequalification list, an official list of medicines used as a benchmark for procurement by developing countries, after issuing guidance against its use in hospitalised COVID-19 patients.

LONDON, Nov 20: Gilead’s remdesivir is not recommended for patients hospitalised with COVID-19, regardless of how ill they are, as there is no evidence the drug improves survival or reduces the need for ventilation, a World Health Organization panel said on Friday.

GENEVA, Nov 11: A senior U.S. government official complained Tuesday that the World Health Organization has not shared enough information about its planned mission to China to investigate the animal origins of the coronavirus.

“As COVID-19 disrupts immunizations, urgent action needed to protect most vulnerable children from deadly and debilitating diseases”

GENEVA, Oct 20: Europe and North America should follow the example of Asian states by persevering with anti-COVID measures and quarantining anyone who comes into contact with infected people, a World Health Organization (WHO) expert said on Monday.

GENEVA, Oct 6: The head of emergencies at the World Health Organization said Monday the agency’s “best estimates” indicate roughly 1 in 10 people worldwide may have been infected by the coronavirus — more than 20 times the number of confirmed cases — and warned of a difficult period ahead.

GENEVA, Oct 5: Roughly 1 in 10 people may have been infected with the novel coronavirus, leaving the vast majority of the world’s population vulnerable to the related COVID-19 disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday.

KATHMANDU, Sept 29: The World Health Organization has maintained that the COVID-19 testing will soon be available at the cost of five dollars.

GENEVA/ZURICH, Sept 26: The global death toll from COVID-19 could double to 2 million before a successful vaccine is widely used and could be even higher without concerted action to curb the pandemic, an official at the World Health Organization said on Friday.

SINGAPORE, Sept 17: More than 170 countries have joined the World Health Organisation’s COVAX facility to boost development of vaccines to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the body’s director general.

WASHINGTON, Sept 14: The World Health Organization reported a record one-day increase in global coronavirus cases on Sunday, with the total rising by 307,930 in 24 hours.

LONDON, Sept 3: Seventy-six wealthy nations are now committed to joining a global COVID-19 vaccine allocation plan co-led by the World Health Organization (WHO) that aims to help buy and fairly distribute the shots, the project’s co-lead said on Wednesday.

ZURICH, Aug 23: The World Health Organization (WHO) said children aged 12 and over should wear masks to help tackle the COVID-19 pandemic under the same conditions as adults, while children between six and 11 should wear them on a risk-based approach.

GENEVA, Aug 22: The World Health Organization hopes the coronavirus pandemic will be shorter than the 1918 Spanish flu and last less than two years, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday, if the world unites and succeeds in finding a vaccine.

CAIRO, Aug 7: The World Health Organisation (WHO) is appealing for $15 million to cover emergency health needs in Lebanon following the Beirut port explosion that hit amid an economic crisis and rising coronavirus cases.

GENEVA, July 28: Bans on international travel cannot stay in place indefinitely, and countries are going to have to do more to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus within their borders, the World Health Organization said on Monday.

GENEVA/ZURICH, July 23: Researchers are making “good progress” in developing vaccines against COVID-19, with a handful in late-stage trials, but their first use cannot be expected until early 2021, a World Health Organization (WHO) expert said on Wednesday.

GENEVA, July 13: The World Health Organization reported a record increase in global coronavirus cases on Sunday, with the total rising by 230,370 in 24 hours.

GENEVA, July 10: An advance team from the World Health Organization (WHO) has left for China to organise an investigation into the origins of the novel coronavirus which sparked the global pandemic, a spokeswoman said on Friday.

GENEVA, July 5: The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday that it was discontinuing its trials of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and combination HIV drug lopinavir/ritonavir in hospitalised patients with COVID-19 after they failed to reduce mortality.

LONDON/GENEVA , June 26: A World Health Organization-led coalition fighting the COVID-19 pandemic is asking government and private sector donors to help raise $31.3 billion in the next 12 months to develop and deliver tests, treatments and vaccines for the disease.

GENEVA, June 22: The World Health Organization reported a record increase in global coronavirus cases on Sunday, with the total rising by 183,020 in a 24-hour period.

GENEVA, June 6: The number of COVID-19 cases in India has been doubling every three weeks but the epidemic is not growing exponentially in the country and South Asia region, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday

LONDON, June 6: 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 to help reduce the spread of the pandemic disease.

KATHMANDU: The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday inquired about the possible vaccine against COVID-19 developed at the Hetauda-based Tribhuvan University Institute of Forestry.

GENEVA , May 26: The World Health Organization has suspended testing the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine in COVID-19 patients due to safety concerns, WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday.

WASHINGTON, May 19: U.S. President Donald Trump threatened on Monday to permanently halt funding for the World Health Organization (WHO) if it did not commit to improvements within 30 days, and to reconsider the membership of the United States in the body.

GENEVA, May 12: The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday that “extreme vigilance” was needed as countries begin to exit from lockdowns imposed to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, amid global concerns about a second wave of infections.

GENEVA, May 8: A wholesale market in the central Chinese city of Wuhan played a role in the outbreak of the novel coronavirus last year, as the source or possibly as an “amplifying setting”, the World Health Organization said on Friday, calling for more research.

GENEVA, May 6: The World Health Organization said on Tuesday that a report that COVID-19 had emerged in December in France, sooner than previously thought, was “not surprising”, and urged countries to investigate any other early suspicious cases.

GENEVA, April 25: The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday that there was currently “no evidence” that people who have recovered from COVID-19 and have antibodies are protected from a second coronavirus infection.

KATHMANDU, April 25: Nepal has seemingly made progress in controlling the spread of COVID-19 as the World Health Organization (WHO) placed the country in the list of risk zones, removing it from the list of high risk zones, officials said on Saturday.

WASHINGTON, April 24: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the COVID-19 pandemic shows the need to overhaul the World Health Organization, warning that Washington may never restore WHO funding and could even work to set up an alternative to the U.N. body instead.

GENEVA, April 21: The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday that all available evidence suggests the novel coronavirus originated in animals in China late last year and was not manipulated or produced in a laboratory.

GENEVA/WASHINGTON, April 16: The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday he regrets U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to pull funding for the agency, but that now is the time for the world to unite in its fight against the new coronavirus.

WASHINGTON/SYDNEY, April 15: U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday halted funding to the World Health Organization over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, prompting criticism from other countries and medical experts as the global death toll mounted.

WASHINGTON/SYDNEY, April 15: U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday halted funding to the World Health Organization over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, drawing condemnation from infectious disease experts as the global death toll continued to mount.

LONDON, April 9: Nottingham-based Shiva Shrestha succumbed to COVID-19 infection on Wednesday, becoming the fifth Non-resident Nepali to die of the contagion in the past two weeks in the United Kingdom.

KATHMANDU, April 9: A study has shown that nearly 68% Nepali people are in favor of extension of the ongoing lockdown until a coronavirus threat remains in the country.

POKHARA, April 8: Seventy two samples for which the pathology lab report are available have tested negative for coronavirus in Gandaki State. One hundred and twenty four throat swab samples were collected so far in the state and sent for tests.

KATHMANDU, April 7: As Nepal braces for employing Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) kits to detect Covid-19 cases in three districts, the World Health Organization (WHO) Nepal office has said that these kits are not reliable for the confirmation of the disease.

KATHMANDU, April 4: The nationwide lockdown will be extended at least by another week until midnight April 14, sources said.

KATHMANDU, April 6: With the first case of local transmission of corona virus in the district of Kailali, COVID-19 has stepped into its second stage in Nepal—calling for more alarm and state interventions to cope with the upcoming threats.

KATHMANDU, April 6: As Nepal recorded the first locally-transmitted case of COVID-19 on Saturday, there is a growing concern about a likely outbreak should a mass testing campaign not be rolled out soon.

KATHMANDU, April 5: The World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF on Friday announced an agreement to work together on COVID-19 response, through the historic COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund powered by the United Nations Foundation and Swiss Philanthropy Foundation.

KATHMANDU, April 4: Nepal has witnessed its first locally transmitted case of novel coronavirus on Saturday, more than two months after the country reported its first COVID-19 case on January 24.

KATHMANDU, April 4: Three new coronavirus cases confirmed in Nepal, the Ministry of Health and Population said today.

KATHMANDU, April 2: The sixth coronavirus case has been confirmed in Nepal.

Where will we be in six months, a year, ten years from now? I lie awake at night wondering what the future holds for my loved ones. My vulnerable friends and relatives. I wonder what will happen to my job, even though I’m luckier than many: I get good sick pay and can work remotely.