WHO Director-General's opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19 - 27 July 2020
Covid-19 is easily the most severe global health emergency ever declared by the World Health Organization (WHO), its leader has said.
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said he would reconvene the WHO's emergency committee this week for a review.
There have been five other global health emergencies: Ebola (two outbreaks), Zika, polio and swine flu.
More than 16m cases of Covid-19 have been reported since January, and more than 650,000 deaths.