The cardiac ward of the Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, is destroyed by Israel's ground offensive and the hospital's intensive care unit is severely damaged by Israeli army bombing. The World Health Organization (WHO) says that there are reports that people who fled the hospital "have been shot at, wounded and even killed" and calls for a humanitarian ceasefire, saying that they are concerned about the safety of workers and patients who remain inside the hospital. The WHO also says that it has lost communication with its contacts inside the hospital.
A third person dies from an unidentified virus in Tucumán Province, Argentina. Authorities have ruled out COVID-19, influenza, and hantavirus, but continue to investigate the cluster of infections. The European Centre for Disease Control and the World Health Organization have also been notified.
The WHO and UNICEF launch a four-day polio vaccination campaign in Afghanistan backed by the Taliban, which aims to address the 3.3 million children who have not been vaccinated against polio since 2018.
Avian flu virus H5N8 outbreaks are reported in birds in India, Germany, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, and several other European nations. The World Health Organization advised on 17 November that human infection is possible, but unlikely, based on information available.