From Our Bureau

25th April 2020

The Corona Virus (CPVID-19) pandemic situation continued to be grim globally, with the confirmed cases across the world jumping to 27,19,896 and the death toll mounting to 1,87,705 in the 213 affected countries and territories, according to the latest update from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Globally, European region continued to be the worst-hit, with 13,14,666 confirmed cases and 1,19,463 deaths. American region came next with 10,47,508 confirmed cases and 53,103 deaths. Western Pacific region’s tally stood at 1,41,469 confirmed cases and 5,906 deaths. Eastern Mediterranean region reported 1,54,971 confirmed cases and 6,750 deaths. South-East Asia region recorded 41,073 confirmed cases and 1,658 deaths and African region witnessed 19,497 confirmed cases and 812 deaths. WHO Risk Assessment at global level remained very high.

WHO, together with heads of state, global health leaders, private sector partners and other stakeholders launched the Access To COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, a global collaboration to accelerate the development, production and equitable access to new COVID-19 diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines.

Although some governments have suggested that the detection of antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, could serve as the basis for an “immunity passport” or “risk-free certificate”, there is currently no evidence that people who have recovered from COVID-19 and have antibodies are protected from a second infection.

WHO has seen a dramatic increase in the number of cyber-attacks directed at its staff, and email scams targeting the public. WHO asks the public to remain vigilant against fraudulent emails and recommends using reliable sources to obtain factual information about COVID-19 and other health issues. (eom)

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