From Our Bureau

3rd April 2020

The Corona Virus (CPVID-19) pandemic situation turned critical globally, with the confirmed cases across the world rising to 9,72,640 and the death toll soaring to 50,325 in the 207 affected countries and territories. 

According to the latest update from the World Health Organization (WHO), the number of COVID-19 confirmed cases rose by 76,190 and the confirmed death toll shot up by 4,826 in the last 24 hours.  

In India, the number of confirmed cases touched 2,547 and the death toll reached 62 on 3rd April. During the last 24 hours, 478 new confirmed cases and 6 new deaths have been reported. 163 persons have been cured/ discharged from the hospitals after recovery.

In Telangana State, the total number of confirmed cases rose to 229, with 11 deaths and 32 persons discharged after cure. 35 new cases and two deaths were reported and 15 persons discharged in the last 24 hours. 

Globally, European region continued to be the worst-hit, with 5,42,145 confirmed cases and 37,106 deaths. American region came next with 2,47,473 confirmed cases and 5,600 deaths. Western Pacific region’s tally stood at 1,08,930 confirmed cases and 3,760 deaths.  Eastern Mediterranean region reported 62,236 confirmed cases and 3,439 deaths. South-East Asia region recorded 5,881 confirmed cases and 245 deaths and African region witnessed 5,263 confirmed cases and 164 deaths. WHO Risk Assessment at global level remained very high.

One new country/territory/area reported cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, that is,  Malawi in the African continent.

Supporting and protecting older people is everyone’s business: although all age groups are at risk of contracting COVID-19, older people face significant risk of developing severe illness, according to Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe.

As cases start to climb in the South-East Asia Region, the Regional Director Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh held a virtual meeting with Health Ministers of the Region calling for a stronger whole-of-society approach.

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) launched an appeal for funds towards priority public health measures to help Latin American and Caribbean countries. The funds will be used to implement PAHO’s COVID-19 Response Strategy.

Ports, airports and ground crossings require careful monitoring. WHO has produced two online interactive courses to provide guidance for the management of ill travellers and for managing COVID-19 cases or outbreaks on board ships. (eom)

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