Tag: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Can’t Get Tested? Maybe You’re in the Wrong Country

Scientists around the world were waiting at their computers in early January when China released the coronavirus genetic code, the blueprint for creating tests and vaccines. Within days, labs from Hong Kong to Berlin had designed tests and shared their research with others. Within about two weeks, Australia had its own tests, and even citizens […]

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The World Has a Plan to Fight Coronavirus. Most Countries Are Not Using it.

For weeks, the World Health Organization resisted declaring the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, fearing that doing so would incite panic across the globe. But facing the cameras on Wednesday, the agency’s director general, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, did just that, asking for global unity to “change the course of this pandemic.” It was a symbolic […]

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Coronavirus Turmoil in 5 Charts, 10 Quotes, 5 Photos and 1 Map

Want this in your inbox each morning? Sign up here. Now what? The worst one-day decline in U.S. stocks since 2008 rattled markets yesterday and ushered in a dangerous new phase to a public health crisis that is threatening to become a global economic disaster. Italy imposed nationwide restrictions on travel, South Korea put limits […]

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Governments Point Fingers Over Coronavirus as Death Toll Mounts

An Iranian official claimed without evidence that the epidemic could be an American bioweapon, after some U.S. officials said the same about China. Saudi Arabia said its cases were Iran’s fault. South Korea lashed out at Japan over travel restrictions and responded in kind. At a time of global crisis, when the new coronavirus has […]

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Coronavirus Spreads as New Cases Double in South Korea

Coronavirus spread to more countries and the numbers of new cases and deaths outside of China climbed, with special concern focused on South Korea where the infection count doubled in a single day — raising fears that another Asian country was losing control of the escalating epidemic. By Saturday, the virus had been identified in […]

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The Social Life of Coronavirus Masks

The latest coronavirus epidemic has sent people scrambling for face masks like never before. “The world is facing severe disruption in the market for personal protective equipment,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the World Health Organization, warned last week. “Demand is up to 100 times higher than normal and prices are up to 20 […]

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C.D.C. and W.H.O. Offers to Help China Have Been Ignored for Weeks

For more than a month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been offering to send a team of experts to China to observe its coronavirus outbreak and help if it can. Normally, teams from the agency’s Epidemic Intelligence Service can be in the air within 24 hours. But no invitation has come — […]

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Quieter Response to Coronavirus in Countries Where China Holds Sway

BANGKOK — In Myanmar, loudspeakers broadcast advice from Buddhist monks: Seven ground peppercorns, exactly seven, placed on the tongue will ward off the coronavirus spreading across Asia and the world. In Indonesia, Terawan Agus Putranto, the health minister, advised citizens to relax and eschew overtime work to avoid the disease, which has killed more than […]

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