From Our Bureau

7th MAY 2020                                        

The Corona Virus (CPVID-19) pandemic situation remained grim globally, with the confirmed cases across the world soaring to 36,72,238 and the death toll reaching 2,54,045 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 16,26,037 confirmed cases and 1,50,238 deaths. American region came next with 15,42,829 confirmed cases and 84,804 deaths. Eastern Mediterranean region reported 2,29,198 confirmed cases and 8,465 deaths.

Western Pacific region’s tally stood at 1,56,184 confirmed cases and 6,361 deaths. South-East Asia region recorded 81,808 confirmed cases and 2,936 deaths and African region witnessed 35,470  confirmed cases and 1,228 deaths. WHO Risk Assessment at global level remained very high.

More than 3.5 million cases of COVID-19 and 250,000 deaths have now been reported to WHO. At A media briefing, WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, referring to the fact that crises can exacerbate existing inequalities, reiterated that ‘We cannot end the pandemic until we address the inequalities that are fueling it.’

He also highlighted six criteria that WHO recommends countries should take into account when considering the easing of lockdown restrictions.

WHO, UNICEF and the International Federation of the Red Cross have published guidance for countries on how to maintain community-based healthcare in the context of COVID-19. it complements the United Nations framework for the socio-economic response to COVID-19.

WHO and the Delegation of the European Union (EU) have announced a new collaboration in Somalia to strengthen operational response activities for COVID-19.

COVID-19 messages are reaching new audiences in Turkey as Goodwill Ambassadors from United Nations agencies in the country share information from WHO with their followers. (eom)

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