From Our Bureau    

4TH JUNE 2020

The Corona Virus (CPVID-19) pandemic situation remained grim globally, with the confirmed cases across the world soaring to 64,16,828  and the death toll reaching 3,82,867 in the 216 affected countries and territories, according to the latest update from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Globally, European region continued to be the worst-hit in terms of fatalities with 22,11,148 confirmed cases and 1,82,308 deaths. American region came next with 30,22,824 confirmed cases and 1,68,553 deaths. Eastern Mediterranean region reported 5,70,026 confirmed cases and 13,458 deaths.

Western Pacific region’s tally stood at 1,86,853 confirmed cases and 7,067 deaths. South-East Asia region recorded 3,09,597 confirmed cases and 8,610 deaths and African region witnessed 1,15,639 confirmed cases and 2,858 deaths. WHO Risk Assessment at global level remained very high.

WHO is supporting the response to a new Ebola outbreak in northwest Democratic Republic of the Congo. The new outbreak comes as the country continues to respond to the complex Ebola outbreak in the eastern part of the country, the COVID-19 pandemic, the world’s largest measles outbreak, and a complex and long-standing humanitarian crisis.

The WHO Representative in Mauritius met the President of Mauritius to discuss COVID-19. They also spoke about the overall health system in Mauritius, and what needs to be strengthened.

The WHO Regional Director for the Americas Dr Carissa F. Etienne said the Americas, “a region of massive inequalities,” are facing simultaneous health, economic and social emergencies from the pandemic. Maintaining social distancing measures, improving surveillance, and strengthening health systems are key to controlling the COVID-19 pandemic in the region. (eom)

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