# World Health Organization

A gravedigger wears protective clothing at the Recanto da Paz Municipal Cemetery during the burial of a victim of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, in the city of Breves, southwest of Marajo Island, an island at the mouth of the Amazon River in the Brazilian state of Para, on May 30, 2020. - The pandemic is spreading across Brazil under a cloud of confrontation, as governors and mayors implement restrictive measures while President Jair Bolsonaro, who has pinned his hopes of re-election on a booming economy, has berated them for imposing what he calls "the tyranny of total quarantine." (Photo by Tarso SARRAF / AFP)
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Outside Europe, nations floundering in virus’ first wave

As Europe begins its cautious reopening after weathering the pandemic's first wave in lockdown, many developing countries continue to be battered by skyrocketing numbers of COVID-19 cases
People enjoy a sunny afternoon at the Parc des Buttes Chaumont in Paris during a heatwave on June 23, 2020. Photo: Christophe Archambault / AFP
People enjoy a sunny afternoon at the Pa […]

Europe basks in hot weather as experts fear virus risk

Recently released from lockdown, many Europeans thronged shady parks as temperatures soared during a heat wave experts fear will lead to new infections as people flout social distancing rules
A bottle of Hydroxychloroquine pills pictured on a counter at Rock Canyon Pharmacy in Provo, Utah, on May 20, 2020. Photo: George Frey / AFP
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WHO resumes trials on controversial drug as Italy reopens

The WHO says it will resume coronavirus trials on the controversial drug hydroxychloroquine, while Italy led European nations reopening borders as the pandemic carved its way through Latin America
A man touches the coffin of his mother during a funeral service in the closed cemetery of Seriate, near Bergamo, Lombardy, on March 20, 2020 during the country's lockdown aimed at stopping the spread of the COVID-19 (new coronavirus) pandemic. (Photo by Piero Cruciatti / AFP)
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Rapid virus spread pushes cases past half a million

The coronavirus pandemic has now infected 500,000 people, ravaged the global economy and confined billions to their homes
EU Council President Charles Michel (R) and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen give a joint press after a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the EU headquarters in Brussels on March 9, 2020. Photo: John Thys / AFP
EU Council President Charles Michel (R) […]

Europe’s leaders furious over Trump’s unilateral travel ban

European officials reacted with surprise and anger after US President Trump imposed a trans-Atlantic travel ban they fear will hurt economies already reeling from the coronavirus pandemic
Pedestrians wearing face masks cross a road during a Lunar New public holiday in Hong Kong on January 27, 2020, as a preventative measure following a coronavirus outbreak which began in the Chinese city of Wuhan. Photo: Anthony Wallace / AFP
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20th century pandemics more deadly than today’s epidemics

Before the emergence of the new coronavirus, which has caused global alarm, other epidemics struck earlier this century but were less deadly than the previous century's pandemics