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Watch Stay: The World Well being Group will maintain a press convention on the coronavirus if instances enhance

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The World Health Organization holds a briefing on the coronavirus on Monday as the pandemic accelerates in the US and Europe.

On Saturday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a second national lockdown in England as coronavirus cases continue to rise there.

Last week, the WHO said some countries may have to close their non-essential businesses again to get the "heat" out of their worsening coronavirus outbreaks.

WHO officials said they are still confident that most countries will not need to put in place statewide lockdowns put in place by some world leaders earlier this year to help slow the spread of the virus. With Covid-19 cases now accelerating in the northern hemisphere, particularly in the US and Europe, some countries may need to reintroduce these stricter mitigation measures, the agency said.

Separately, WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus tweeted late Sunday that he was quarantined after someone he was in contact with tested positive for the virus.

Read CNBC's live updates for the latest news on the Covid-19 outbreak.

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