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WHO: Coronavirus pandemic is a 'once-in-a-century' health crisis

Al Jazeera

The global coronavirus outbreak is the sort of disaster whose effects will last far into the future, World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday. "The pandemic is a once-in-a-century health crisis, the effects of which will be felt for decades to come," Tedros told a meeting of the WHO's emergency committee, according to remarks released by the agency. The pandemic has killed more than 670,000 people since emerging late last year in Wuhan, China, with more than 17 million cases diagnosed. The United States, Brazil, Mexico and the United Kingdom have been particularly hard hit in recent weeks by the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, as their governments have struggled to come up with an effective response. Economies have been been hit by lockdown restrictions introduced to restrict its spread, while many regions are fearful of a second wave.

UN says the world cannot return to 'previous normal' after coronavirus

FOX News

Trump calls the coronavirus pandemic an'artificial problem' as US cases experience a surge; Chief White House correspondent John Roberts reports. The United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told an international forum Friday that society cannot return the "previous normal" as he laid out socioeconomic responses amid the coronavirus pandemic. "We must keep in sight the gravity of the situation," Mohammed said Friday, addressing the severity of the coronavirus globally. Mohammed said that for many countries, the worst of the pandemic has yet come and the International Labor Organization (ILO) estimates that 300 million jobs could be lost -- a figure that is 15 times higher than the job losses in the 2008 financial crisis. To date, the coronavirus has infected over 9 million people and killed more than 472,000 globally.

Coronavirus: UK in recession and A-levels 'triple lock'

BBC News

Here are five things you need to know about the coronavirus outbreak this Wednesday morning. The impact of the coronavirus pandemic has seen the UK economy go into recession for the first time in 11 years. Gross domestic product - the measure of economic activity - contracted by a record 20.4% between April and June, according to the Office for National Statistics. It said that while the economy began to bounce back in June as lockdown eased, GDP in June was a sixth of the level recorded in February before the virus hit. Ministers have promised A-level and GCSE students in England that their final grades will be no lower than the results they got in mock exams.

World Must Prepare for Inevitable Next Flu Pandemic, WHO Says

U.S. News

Flu viruses are multiple and ever-changing, and they infect around a billion people every year around the world in seasonal outbreaks. Of those infections, around 3 to 5 million are severe cases, leading to between 290,000 and 650,000 seasonal flu-related respiratory deaths.

There will be another pandemic. Thankfully, we already know what to do

New Scientist

AS SOME countries take tentative steps back towards normality, thoughts inevitably turn to the future. What lessons are there from missteps made this time that we can apply to preparing for the next pandemic? Because, even though its nature, timing and deadliness cannot be known, we can be confident that there will be another. The forces that led to this one, including ever-greater international trade and travel and encroachment on wild areas, may be taking a short break, but will be back.