From Our Bureau

14th April 2020

The Corona Virus (CPVID-19) pandemic situation continued to remain grim globally, with the confirmed cases across the world jumping to 18,84,863 and the death toll reaching 1,17,021 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 9,43,272 confirmed cases and 80,712 deaths. American region came next with 6,44,986 confirmed cases and 25,551 deaths. Western Pacific region’s tally stood at 1,22,805 confirmed cases and 4,161deaths. Eastern Mediterranean region reported 1,03,638 confirmed cases and 5,255 deaths. South-East Asia region recorded 18,663 confirmed cases and 829 deaths and African region witnessed 10,787 confirmed cases and 501 deaths. WHO Risk Assessment at global level remained very high.

No new country/territory/area reported cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. The number of confirmed cases reported by countries reflects national laboratory testing capacity and strategy, thus the interpretation of the number of cases reported should take this into account.  WHO has published interim guidance on oxygen sources and distribution strategies for COVID-19 treatment. The document describes how to quantify oxygen demand, identify oxygen sources that are available, and select appropriate surge sources to best respond to COVID-19 patients’ needs, especially in low-and-middle income countries.

The Director-General thanked the United Kingdom for its generous contribution of £ 200 million to the global response to COVID-19, an act which he described as a ‘demonstration of global solidarity’. A group of scientists, physicians, funders and manufacturers from around the world have pledged to collaborate, in coordination with WHO, to help speed up the availability of a vaccine against COVID-19. (eom)

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