From Our Bureau
2ND MAY 2020
The Corona Virus (CPVID-19) pandemic situation remained grim globally, with the confirmed cases across the world soaring to 33,67,284 and the death toll reaching 2,29,971 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 14,92,024 confirmed cases and 1,40,586 deaths. American region came next with 13,40,591 confirmed cases and 72,196 deaths. Eastern Mediterranean region reported 1,94,991 confirmed cases and 7,741 deaths.
Western Pacific region’s tally stood at 1,50,403 confirmed cases and 6,166 deaths. South-East Asia region recorded 60,490 confirmed cases and 2,256 deaths and African region witnessed 27,973 confirmed cases and 1,073 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. WHO and the European Investment Bank signed a collaboration agreement to accelerate investment in health preparedness and primary healthcare in countries most vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic. The first phase will strengthen primary healthcare in ten African countries.
WHO Director General Dr. Tedros, in his regular media briefing, said that, with the signing of the agreement, “We are deepening our relationship with the European Union.”. He also reminded all that the European Commission will host a pledging conference on 4 May to raise funds for investment in vaccine research. (eom)