Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, United Arab Emirate's president, left, and Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, United Arab Emirates' deputy prime minister, on the opening day of the COP28 climate conference at Expo City in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2023. More than 70,000 politicians, diplomats, campaigners, financiers and business leaders will fly to Dubai to talk about arresting the world’s slide toward environmental catastrophe. Photographer: Hollie Adams/Bloomberg

COP28: Who are the big name attendees?

Representatives of 197 countries who are ‘parties’ to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will participate at COP28

Covid-19 sub-variant eris driving new case surge

Covid-19 new variant Eris is spiking cases across the UK, US: Here’s what we know

It has been detected in 38 states in the US and 39 countries till date

Man tests positive for MERS virus in UAE,

Man tests positive for MERS virus in UAE, WHO confirms

Abu Dhabi has increased monitoring for the virus to try to identify potential cases and raise awareness by hosting workshops

UAE, WHO sign $25m agreement

UAE, WHO sign $25m agreement for Al Makassed Hospital in East Jerusalem

The agreement comes as part of the UAE’s efforts to support the medical and healthcare sectors in Palestine

WHO monkeypox

WHO declares monkeypox outbreak a global emergency

Monkeypox has mostly been confined to developing countries for years, but has spread across Europe and the US in recent months

Covid cases July 26

WHO official downplays coronavirus variant found in France

The variant was identified in 12 people in the southern Alps around the same time that omicron was discovered in South Africa last year

WHO discusses new Covid-19 variant with ‘unusual’ mutations

The new variant, called B.1.1529, carries an unusually large number of mutations

Vaccines will not keep people safe; basic health measures remain ‘foundation’ of response – WHO

For individuals, health measures mean avoiding crowds, physical distancing, hand hygiene, masks and ventilation