From Our Bureau    

2ND JUNE 2020

The Corona Virus (CPVID-19) pandemic situation remained grim globally, with the confirmed cases across the world soaring to 61,94,533 and the death toll reaching 3,76,320 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 21,75,941 confirmed cases and 1,82,416 deaths. American region came next with 29,05,432 confirmed cases and 1,63,248 deaths. Eastern Mediterranean region reported 5,36,148 confirmed cases and 12,899 deaths.

Western Pacific region’s tally stood at 1,84,305 confirmed cases and 7,044 deaths. South-East Asia region recorded 2,83,845 confirmed cases and 8,000 deaths and African region witnessed 108,121 confirmed cases and 2,700 deaths. WHO Risk Assessment at global level remained very high.

During the 1st June media briefing, WHO Director-General Dr Tedros highlighted that the COVID-19 pandemic has led to disruptions in services for treatment of non-communicable diseases in many countries. The COVID-19 response must be inclusive of the healthcare needs of people living with these diseases.

WHO has published a new operational guidance on maintaining essential health services, which provides recommendations for practical actions that countries can take at national, sub-regional and local levels to reorganize and safely maintain access to high-quality, essential health services during the pandemic.

Transporting COVID-19 medical supplies to those in need requires timely decision-making and trouble-shooting skills. The Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean document a week in the life of logistics expert coordinating massive shipments of medical supplies to Yemen. WHO extends support to countries in securing medical products for COVID-19 treatment. (eom)

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