WMO report on Covid

  • An expert group set up by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) has concluded that cooler and drier climates could have been more conducive to the transmission of Covid-19 virus, but available evidence does not suggest that weather conditions played a prominent role in the propagation of the virus.
  • The expert group said that “high-quality” research studies indicated a “generally negative association” between temperature and Covid19 transmission, meaning lower temperatures probably helped transmission of the virus.

About World Metrological Organisation

  • The WMO is an intergovernmental organization with a membership of 192 Member States and 6 Member Territories.
    • India is a member of WMO since 1949.
  • It originated from the International Meteorological Organization (IMO), which was established after the 1873 Vienna International Meteorological Congress.
  • It became a specialised agency of the UN in 1951.
  • Parent organization- UN-ECOSOC
  • Headquarters-Geneva, Switzerland
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