From Our Bureau

3RD MAY 2020

The Corona Virus (CPVID-19) pandemic situation remained grim globally, with the confirmed cases across the world soaring to 33,49,786 and the death toll reaching 2,38,628 in the 215 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 15,18,895 confirmed cases and 1,42,667 deaths. American region came next with 13,84,641 confirmed cases and 78,409 deaths. Eastern Mediterranean region reported 2,00,609 confirmed cases and 7,871 deaths.

Western Pacific region’s tally stood at 1,51,444 confirmed cases and 6,229 deaths. South-East Asia region recorded 64,047 confirmed cases and 2,375 deaths and African region witnessed 29,438 confirmed cases and 1,064 deaths. WHO Risk Assessment at global level remained very high.

WHO has recently updated the document on Country Preparedness and Response Status for COVID19.The document highlighted that all countries are at risk and need to prepare for and respond to COVID-19. Each country is encouraged to plan its preparedness and response actions in line with the global Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan.

As Yemen confirms its first cases of COVID-19, WHO’s Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean issued a statement, stressing that collective action and commitment is the only way to mitigate the pandemic. “As long as even one case is unidentified and not properly treated, isolated and contacts traced, COVID-19 will continue to pose a significant threat to the Yemeni people and the country’s struggling health system.”

WHO has recently published FAQs for COVID-19 Supply Portal. The COVID-19 Supply Portal is a purpose built tool to facilitate national authorities and all implementing partners supporting COVID-19 National Action Plans to request critical supplies. (eom)

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