From Our Bureau
26th MAY 2020
The Corona Virus (CPVID-19) pandemic situation remained grim globally, with the confirmed cases across the world soaring to 54,04,512 and the death toll reaching 3,43,514 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 20,41,705 confirmed cases and 1,73,213 deaths. American region came next with 24,54,452 confirmed cases and 1,43,739 deaths. Eastern Mediterranean region reported 4,38,900 confirmed cases and 11,293 deaths.
Western Pacific region’s tally stood at 1,75,397 confirmed cases and 6,902 deaths. South-East Asia region recorded 2,10,273 confirmed cases and 6,140 deaths and African region witnessed 83,044 confirmed cases and 2,214 deaths. WHO Risk Assessment at global level remained very high.
WHO Director-General Dr Tedros, in his regular media briefing, mentioned that “over 400 hospitals in 35 countries are actively recruiting patients and nearly 3,500 patients have been enrolled from 17 countries” as part of the Solidarity Trial which was established to evaluate the safety and efficacy of four drugs and drug combinations against COVID-19.
The WHO Regional Office for Europe along with the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), said that they will continue to repurpose their influenza surveillance systems to also detect the COVID-19 virus.
Facing an unprecedented global demand for essential COVID-19 medical supplies, WHO is working with partners to help secure supplies to assist the most vulnerable countries. (eom)