From Our Bureau    

13TH JUNE 2020

The Corona Virus (COVID-19) pandemic situation remained grim globally, with the confirmed cases across the world soaring to 75,53,182 and the death toll reaching 4,23,349 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 36,38,525 confirmed cases and 1,96,440 deaths. Europe came next with 23,78,958 confirmed cases and 1,87,468 deaths. Eastern Mediterranean region reported 7,37,641 confirmed cases and 16,260 deaths.

South-East Asia region’s tally stood at 4,39,348 confirmed cases and 12,126 deaths. Western Pacific region recorded 1,96,715 confirmed cases and 7,175 deaths and African region registered 1,61,254 confirmed cases and 3,867 deaths. WHO Risk Assessment at global level remained very high.

As of 13 June 10am , Chinese authorities reported to WHO 12 new confirmed cases, among them 6 in Beijing. After 10am, Chinese authorities reported additional information about an ongoing investigation of further cases in Beijing. Information about the investigation in Beijing will be made available separately and additional cases reported in subsequent Situation Reports.

Blood donations are vital during the current COVID-19 pandemic. The WHO Regional Director for the Americas, Dr Carissa F. Etienne said “The safest blood comes through voluntary unpaid donation from people like you and me. Donation is an act of solidarity and altruism, which the world needs now more than ever in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

A COVID-19 survivor, a Stress Counsellor and a WHO Mental Health officer in Nigeria share their experiences with stigma associated with COVID-19 and approaches to curb stigma associated with the disease. (eom)

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