WHO to discuss extending global health emergency

Aljazeera – With the help of an independent committee of experts, the WHO will consider later today whether to extend a global public health emergency it declared over the coronavirus.

The current “public health emergency of international concern” has been in place for nearly two years now.

Whether the committee recommends declaring the coronavirus emergency over or not, there would be few practical consequences.

However, many experts are concerned that ending it could send the wrong signal as cases surge across the globe.

Australian Open crowds capped at 50 percent

Meanwhile, authorities say crowds at the Australian Open will be capped at 50 percent capacity as COVID-19 cases and hospital admissions continue to rise in Melbourne.

Jaala Pulford, Victoria State tourism minister, said in a statement that face masks will also be mandatory at the opening Grand Slam of the year, which starts on Monday.

Spectators will be required to socially distance while indoors, she added.

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