Coronavirus live news: World still at ‘beginning’ of pandemic, WHO Covid-19 envoy warns

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11.56pm BST

Around 872 million school children – or half of the world’s student population – are still unable to attend schools in person because of the pandemic.

Henrietta Fore, executive director of Unicef, said schools had closed their doors in 192 countries at the height of the pandemic, sending 1.6 billion students home.

The sheer number of children whose education was completely disrupted for months on end is nothing short of a global education emergency.”

11.43pm BST

The world is still at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, a World Health Organization special envoy on Covid-19 has said.Dr David Nabarro described the situation as “grotesque” during a sitting of the UK’s foreign affairs committee.He told MPs:

It’s much worse than any of the science fiction about pandemics. This is really serious – we’re not even in the middle of it yet. We’re still at the beginning of it.

“And we’re beginning to see what damage it’s going to cause the world. And it’s getting nastier as we go into this particular phase in Europe of watching the thing come back again.”

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