The unknown type of viral pneumonia was first reported in Wuhan in late December and has since been confirmed by China and the World Health Organisation to be a new strain of the coronavirus, currently labeled as 2019-nCoV or Novel Coronavirus. The virus has also been detected in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Thailand, South Korea, Japan, and the United States. Over a dozen people have died and hundreds have been infected so far.
This comes as the World Health Organisation holds a press conference in Wuhan after spending four weeks in the city investigating the origins of the virus.
The first COVID-19 cases were identified in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019 and were officially found to have originated from a wet market there. Most scientists believed it was transmitted naturally from animals to humans, yet some fed into the theory, fueled by the US, that it may have leaked accidentally from the Wuhan lab.
On Friday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued fresh claims against China over its alleged role in the Covid-19 pandemic, saying the US has evidence the virus may have originated among workers of a Chinese biolab long before the first case was officially reported. Beijing has yet to respond, but previously dubbed Pompeo a “real master of lies.”
As countries around the world roll out COVID-19 vaccines and enforce lockdown measures to stop the spread of the virus, health authorities have been forced to contend with the further challenge of a more contagious form of the coronavirus first found in the UK.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the outbreak of the novel coronavirus was first reported in the city of Wuhan, the provincial capital of Hubei, China, on 31 December 2019, spreading across the globe to more than 200 countries and infecting over 81 million people.
While disrupting people’s lives across the world, the coronavirus pandemic has decimated livelihoods by plunging the global economy into decline, with jobs lost and poverty expected to rise. A record 235 million people will need humanitarian assistance and protection next year, the UN projected earlier this week.
Many older adults who’ve become critically ill from the COVID-19 coronavirus describe experiencing “brain fog” - or difficulty stringing together thoughts, problems concentrating and issues with short-term memory - after battling the disease.
US infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci has been forced to battle criticism regarding his public health statements amid the coronavirus pandemic, including from White House officials, with Donald Trump on one occasion labelling him “a little bit of an alarmist” over his assessments of the US coronavirus outbreak.
Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic Canada's chief public health officer has offered her take on options to safeguard oneself from the contagious disease during sexual activity.
As millions of pupils in England and Wales return to the classroom this week, education secretary Gavin Williamson has insisted in an open letter that schools are safe, warning that parents who hesitate to send their children back to classes risk putting a "huge dent in their future life chances".
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson spent three nights in intensive care in April, after being initially diagnosed with COVID-19 on 27 March, with Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab standing in to deputise in his absence.
Ireland’s EU Commissioner Phil Hogan was among over 80 people who attended an Oireachtas Golf Society dinner on 19 August, just over 24 hours after Cabinet members had agreed to implement stringent Covid-19 restrictions which banned any indoor gathering of more than six people.
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson had been warned that the A-level and GCSE grading algorithms might result in students being given lower-than-anticipated grades, The Times had earlier reported, citing a source within the Department for Education, who revealed that the minister had opted to push ahead with the controversial algorithm regardless.
Earlier, UK health experts warned the government of a possible resurgence of COVID-19 this winter, urging the continued financing of private care and Nightingale hospitals to ensure there is enough capacity to avoid overwhelming the National Health Service (NHS).
The results of an earlier study carried out in Spain suggested that so-called herd immunity was not a feasible way to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, as it showed that no more than five percent of the population had developed antibodies - nowhere near the levels said to be required to develop herd immunity.
While the shock caused by the COVID-19 health crisis has generated ripples across global economies, leaving failing industries, job losses and poverty in its wake, the pandemic hasn't been so bad for everyone.
Leading US infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci has been battling criticism regarding his public health statements amid the COVID-19 pandemic, including from White House officials, whom he has warned against attempts to discredit him as ultimately damaging for Donald Trump.
The second wave of the COVID-19 could do additional damage throughout the world, International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said on Wednesday, warning specifically of more job losses and bankruptcies.
The 1918 influenza pandemic infected around 500 million people worldwide and killed tens of millions, according to estimates. With only 13.5 million confirmed cases of coronavirus, the current health crisis is far from being the “mother of all pandemics”, but some now warn this could change.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act , a $2 trillion economic stimulus bill signed into law by President Trump in March in response to the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, provides for a Paycheck Protection Program extending forgivable loans to small businesses.