From Our Bureau    

12TH JUNE 2020

The Corona Virus (COVID-19) pandemic situation remained grim globally, with the confirmed cases across the world soaring to 74,10,510 and the death toll reaching 4,18,294 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 35,60,591 confirmed cases and 1,92,944 deaths. Europe came next with 23,58,953 confirmed cases and 1,86,889 deaths. Eastern Mediterranean region reported 7,16,151 confirmed cases and 15,947 deaths.

South-East Asia region’s tally stood at 4,22,825 confirmed cases and 11,645 deaths. Western Pacific region recorded 1,95,487 confirmed cases and 7,156 deaths and African region registered 1,55,762 confirmed cases and 3,700 deaths. WHO Risk Assessment at global level remained very high.

WHO has published a rapid advice guidance on the use of chest imaging in COVID-19. The guide examines available evidence and makes recommendations for the use of radiography, computed tomography and ultrasound for acute care of adult patients with suspected, probable or confirmed COVID-19 at different levels of disease severity.

The private sector plays a critical role in the preparedness and response activities for COVID-19 locally, nationally and globally. WHO has published ‘Asks’ to the private sector in the response to COVID-19, such as protecting stakeholders and businesses, making essential supplies available, and providing financial support.

The Government of Canada has agreed to contribute over US $5 million to the WHO Regional Office for the Americas to support COVID-19 response activities, including increasing access to personal protective equipment and other critical supplies. The contribution will focus on supporting marginalized and vulnerable communities in 23 countries in the Americas.

Doctors and nurses on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response in the Republic of the Congo have shared stories about their daily lives, personal sacrifices and inspirations. (eom)

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