From Our Bureau    

14th MAY 2020        

The Corona Virus (CPVID-19) pandemic situation remained grim globally, with the confirmed cases across the world soaring to 42,48,389 and the death toll reaching 2,92,046 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, with 18,01,668 confirmed cases and 1,61,413 deaths. American region came next with 18,19,553 confirmed cases and 1,09,121 deaths. Eastern Mediterranean region reported 2,93,805 confirmed cases and 9,389 deaths.

Western Pacific region’s tally stood at 1,64,282 confirmed cases and 6,622 deaths. South-East Asia region recorded 1,16,617 confirmed cases and 3,921 deaths and African region witnessed 51,752 confirmed cases and 1,567 deaths. WHO Risk Assessment at global level remained very high.

Lesotho reported its first case of COVID-19.

WHO has published an interim guidance document on Laboratory biosafety for testing of clinical specimens of patients that meet the case definition of corona virus disease (COVID-19).

WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros, in his media briefing, highlighted the urgent need for all countries to invest in strong health systems and primary healthcare, as the best defence against outbreaks like COVID-19.

The World Health Statistics published by WHO, show that people around the world are living longer and healthier lives overall with the biggest gains in low-income countries. However, the report also shows that the rate of progress is too slow to meet the Sustainable Development Goals and will be further thrown off track by COVID-19.

WHO announced the launch of the WHO Academy and the WHO info mobile applications. The WHO Academy app is designed to support health workers during COVID-19 while the WHO Info app will provide the general public with real-time mobile access to the latest news and developments.

In the light of overcrowding in many places of detention, which undermines hygiene, health, safety and human dignity, UNODC, WHO, UNAIDS and OHCHR released a joint statement on COVID-19 in prisons and other closed settings to urgently draw the attention of political leaders to the heightened vulnerability of prisoners and other people deprived of liberty due to COVID-19 pandemic. (eom)

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