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Coronavirus digest: Wearing masks not enough, says WHO

A top scientist at the WHO has expressed concern over some people not maintaining physical distancing, warning that masks alone cannot protect against the spread of coronavirus. Follow DW for the latest.

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20 Feb 2021
A Florida manufacturer that pounced on the N95 mask shortage at the start of the pandemic and retooled to churn them out now has 30 million of the things going begging.
7 Mar 2021
An 8-magnitude quake has struck off the coast of New Zealand, with authorities urging residents near the epicenter to evacuate to higher ground "immediately."
31 Mar 2021
A priest in northwestern Honduras rips masks off worshippers during Palm Sunday celebrations. He justifies himself by saying: "I walk around with nothing, because I believe in God's mercy" and adds "I have to take off a lot of masks here."
2 Apr 2021
Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan will meet this weekend to discuss the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, which broke ground in 2011. The three Nile Basin countries are in a longstanding dispute over the project.
9 May 2021
As India struggles to curb the spread of COVID-19 and step up vaccinations, experts have warned the country to prepare for future waves of the pandemic. It's hoped that US support for a vaccine waiver will see results.
7 May 2021
The World Health Organization will establish a center in Germany to monitor emerging pandemic threats in the hopes of preventing the next one. "Viruses move fast. But data can move even faster," the WHO's chief said.
12 May 2021
The US navy has used gunfire to chase off Iranian vessels in the Persian Gulf for the second time in a few weeks. It took two rounds of fire before the boats turned back.
16 May 2021
Soumya Swaminathan, chief scientist at the World Health Organization, tells DW that India is at a very fragile and difficult stage in the pandemic. The WHO is concerned as the number of cases is rising significantly.
17 May 2021
Days after relaxing mask mandates for vaccinated adults, the US public health agency has recommended that all schools continue to use masks for the upcoming academic year. Follow DW for the latest.
23 Jun 2021
The Taliban continues to take over districts across Afghanistan as the US and its NATO allies continue a military pullout. The UN has warned that provincial capital cities could soon fall into the hands of militants.
29 Jun 2021
Biden wanted to assure Israel that the US would not tolerate a nuclear-armed Iran, despite his administration's efforts to rejoin the 2015 nuclear deal. He also defended recent US airstrikes in the Middle East.
19 Jul 2021
The US sanctions target officials from China's Hong Kong liaison office, which seeks to promote Chinese influence in the partly autonomous city.