The row came as Italy prepared the next stage of its gradual easing of a national lockdown imposed three months ago to fight the spread of the deadly virus.
The Covid-19 pandemic is having a "devastating impact" on mental health services globally, the World Health Organization said, ahead of a large fundraising push.
The health group and a number of experts have stated that face coverings must be replaced if they become damp and urged government officials to provide the public with “clear advice” about wearing masks during wet weather.
The world's first and only malaria vaccine was launched in the African country of Malawi on Tuesday, as part of a landmark pilot program hoping to protect, in particular, hundreds of thousands of children under five against one of the world's leading killers, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
"I cannot bear the pain anymore. I can't sleep at night. I asked the doctors to cut off my hands so I can at least get some relief," Abul Bajandar said.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) study argued that minor or non-essential operations on regular smokers could be delayed to give them time to quit and thereby improve outcomes such as wound healing and heart function.
The UN health agency on Tuesday warned cancer cases would rise by 81 percent in low- and middle-income countries by 2040 because of a lack of investment in prevention and care.
The head of the World Health Organization has warned that confirmed cases of coronavirus being transmitted by people WHO have never travelled to China could be the "tip of the iceberg".
The World Health Organization plans to launch an app this month to enable people in under-resourced countries to assess whether they may have the novel coronavirus and is considering a Bluetooth-based contact tracing feature too.