MANILA/NAIROBI – On Dec. 31, 2019, Chinese authorities alerted the World Health Organization of pneumonia cases in Wuhan City, Hubei province, China, with an unknown cause. What started as a mystery disease was first referred to as 2019-nCoV and then named COVID-19.
“Please quarantine politicising COVID-19” 8 April 2020 The WHO Director-General appealed for national unity and global solidarity in responding to COVID-19. To help alleviate suffering and save lives, WHO has been working night and day in five key ways: 1. Helping build countries’ capacity to prepare and respond 2.
31 Dec 2019China reported a cluster of cases of in Wuhan, Hubei Province. A novel coronavirus was eventually identified.1 January 2020WHO had set up the IMST (Incident Management Support Team) across the three levels of the organization: headquarters, regional headquarters and country level, putting the organization on an emergency footing for dealing with the outbreak.4 January 2020WHO reported on social media that there was a cluster of pneumonia cases – with no deaths – in Wuhan, Hubei province.