From Our Bureau
9TH AUGUST 2020
The Corona Virus (COVID-19) pandemic situation remained grim globally, with the confirmed cases across the world soaring to 1,94,62,112 and the death toll rising to 7,22,285 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 1,04,47,261 confirmed cases and 3,85,076 deaths. Europe came next with 35,62,774 confirmed cases and 2,16,426 deaths. South-East Asia region’s tally stood at 25,65,800 confirmed cases and 52,569 deaths.
Eastern Mediterranean region reported 16,34,940 confirmed cases and 43,080 deaths. African region registered 8,84,990 confirmed cases and 16,403 deaths. Western Pacific region recorded 3,65,606 confirmed cases and 8,718 deaths. WHO Risk Assessment at global level remained very high.
“Now it’s time to work together. Now it’s time to fight the virus,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in a media briefing last week.
Dr Mike Ryan, Executive Director, WHO Health Emergencies Programme, also said that “we have to create a new partnership. A new deal between government services and community action. Communities’ individuals have to be empowered and educated. They have to want to participate.” (eom)