China has tried to use the crisis to build influence but is also accused of spreading disinformation and financially benefitting from the virus, while the US has also been criticised for its inept response to Covid-19.
Partial data released from three different trials of the investigational treatment drug remdesivir is creating both excitement and some confusion.
Children may be at low risk for infection by Covid-19 but are vulnerable to other deadly diseases without the vaccinations that are currently being held back by border restrictions according to the WHO's Direct-General.
The number of deaths officially attributed to the new coronavirus topped 200,000 globally, a figure widely believed to understate the actual total.
All available evidence suggests the virus has an animal origin and is not manipulated or constructed in a lab or somewhere else, says Fadela Chaib, spokeswoman for the World Health Organization.
Larger shops and those in major German cities will open later as part of an attempted phased return to a more normal existence that will also see some students go back to school from May 4.
A spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry said that during the early stages of the outbreak some medical institutions were overwhelmed with patients and failed to connect with the disease prevention and control system but "no concealing existed."
The coronavirus disease has infected almost 2.2 million people and killed nearly 150,000 globally since it first emerged in China's Wuhan. Here are the latest updates for April 17:
Tens of thousands of Britons pledged donations as Tom Moore, a retired army captain, pursued a his goal of finishing 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday on April 30 to support health care workers during the coronavirus pandemic.
At a time when many countries have turned their backs on their citizens, Turkey is moving fast to bring everyone home.
More than 115,000 people have died of the coronavirus disease and over 1.8 million have been infected since it first emerged in China's Wuhan. Here are the latest updates for April 13:
Turkey will impose a fresh lockdown next weekend as part of measures to halt the spread of the coronavirus, after a 48-hour curfew in 31 cities that ended at midnight on Sunday.
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