From Our Bureau                             

9th MAY 2020                                        

The Corona Virus (CPVID-19) pandemic situation remained grim globally, with the confirmed cases across the world soaring to 38,55,788 and the death toll reaching 2,65,862 in the 215 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 16,82,338 confirmed cases and 1,54,233 deaths. American region came next with 16,36,841 confirmed cases and 91,893 deaths. Eastern Mediterranean region reported 2,46,022 confirmed cases and 8,748 deaths.

Western Pacific region’s tally stood at 1,58,523 confirmed cases and 6,449 deaths. South-East Asia region recorded 90,808 confirmed cases and 3,204 deaths and African region witnessed 40,544  confirmed cases and 1,322 deaths. WHO Risk Assessment at global level remained very high.

The Emergency Relief Coordinator/UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock launched an update to the Global Humanitarian Response Plan for COVID-19 (GHRP). He was joined by the Executive Director of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme, Dr Mike Ryan; the President and CEO of Oxfam America, Abby Maxman; the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi; and the Executive Director of the World Food Programme, David Beasley.

The GHRP has a funding requirement of U$6.7 billion to protect millions of people already facing humanitarian crises in several countries.

New interim guidance has been released by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee on how to adapt COVID-19 prevention and response measures for use in low capacity and humanitarian settings. WHO has released a video summarising key moments in the response so far. (eom)

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