From Our Bureau

26th April 2020

The Corona Virus (CPVID-19) pandemic situation remained grim globally, with the confirmed cases across the world jumping to 28,04,796 and the death toll mounting to 1,93,710 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 13,41,851 confirmed cases and 1,22,218 deaths. American region came next with 10,94,846 confirmed cases and 56,063 deaths. Western Pacific region’s tally stood at 1,42,639 confirmed cases and 5,943 deaths. Eastern Mediterranean region reported 1,60,586 confirmed cases and 6,887 deaths. South-East Asia region recorded 43,846 confirmed cases and 1,747 deaths and African region witnessed 20,316 confirmed cases and 839 deaths. WHO Risk Assessment at global level remained very high.

Public health systems are coming under severe strain as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Countries must also continue to focus on other health emergencies and make progress against diseases such as malaria or poliomyelitis (polio). A new analysis on malaria supports the call to minimize disruptions to malaria prevention and treatment services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The WHO Regional Office for the Americas urged countries to strengthen vaccination against seasonal influenza and measles to prevent respiratory illness and vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The core protocol for therapeutics against COVID-19 has been published by the WHO R&D Blueprint Working Group.

The WHO Regional Director for Europe has emphasized the need to build sustainable people-centred long-term care in the wake of COVID-19. The WHO Regional Office for Europe has published key considerations for the gradual easing of the lockdown restrictions introduced by many countries in response to the spread of COVID-19 across the European Region. (eom)

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