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The Corona Virus (COVID-19) pandemic situation remained grim globally, with the confirmed cases across the world soaring to 1,76,60,523 and the death toll rising to  6,80,894 in the 216 affected countries and territories, according to the latest update from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Globally, American region continued to be the worst-hit with 94,76,763 confirmed cases and 3,59,180 deaths. Europe came next with 33,75,535 confirmed cases and 2,13,284 deaths. South-East Asia region’s tally stood at 21,31,165 confirmed cases and 45,837 deaths.

Eastern Mediterranean region reported 15,54,065 confirmed cases and 40,386 deaths. African region registered 8,02,792 confirmed cases and 13,779 deaths. Western Pacific region recorded 3,19,462 confirmed cases and 8,415 deaths. WHO Risk Assessment at global level remained very high.

WHO has published a COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Progress Report. The report highlights the progress made from 1 February to 30 June 2020 under the three objectives outlined in the Strategic Response and Preparedness Plan: scaling up international coordination and support, scaling up country preparedness and response by pillar and accelerating research and innovation. The report also discusses some of the key challenges faced, and provides an update on the resource requirements for the next phase of WHO’s response.

A new report by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, and the WHO Regional Office for the Americas, has highlighted that economies in the Region will only be revived if the COVID-19 curve is flattened. The report highlights that convergence and coordination between health, economic, social and productive policies are required in order to control the COVID-19 pandemic.

A team of Russian laboratory experts is providing support to Tajikistan’s COVID-19 response. The team from Rospotrebnadzor, Russian Federation, an active member of the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network, will assess Tajikistan’s existing laboratory system, including the flow of information, and suggest steps to strengthen the COVID-19 laboratory data management system. (eom)

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