From Our Bureau    

18th MAY 2020        

The Corona Virus (CPVID-19) pandemic situation remained grim globally, with the confirmed cases across the world soaring to 46,18,821 and the death toll reaching 3,11,847 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 18,90,467 confirmed cases and 1,67,173 deaths. American region came next with 20,17,811 confirmed cases and 1,21,609 deaths. Eastern Mediterranean region reported 3,38,560 confirmed cases and 9,979 deaths.

Western Pacific region’s tally stood at 1,68,515 confirmed cases and 6,743 deaths. South-East Asia region recorded 1,41,593 confirmed cases and 4,582 deaths and African region witnessed 61,163 confirmed cases and 1,748 deaths. WHO Risk Assessment at global level remained very high.

The 73rd World Health Assembly, which opened today, would focus on the COVID-19 pandemic. Member States would deliver statements, report their progress in fighting the coronavirus, share knowledge on the evolving situation and consider a draft resolution on COVID-19.

WHO has signed an agreement with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to work together to promote health through sport and physical activity. The agreement has a special focus on preventing non-communicable diseases (NCDs). This collaboration is timely because the current COVID-19 pandemic is particularly affecting people with NCDs.

Flooding in Somalia has raised concerns of an upsurge in cholera cases as the country deals with a growing number of COVID-19cases. WHO’s country office has sent urgently needed essential medical supplies; however, funding for humanitarian operations in Somalia remains very low.

WHO has cautioned against recommending or administering unproven treatments to patients with COVID-19. (eom)

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