EMERGENCIES – Coronavirus [COVID-19]

EMERGENCIES

Coronavirus [COVID-19]
Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC

Editor’s Note:
We certainly recognize the velocity of global developments in the COVID-19 pandemic. While we have concentrated the most current key reports just below, COVID-19 announcements, analysis and commentary will be found throughout this issue, in all sections.
Beyond the considerable continuing coverage in the global general media, the WHO’s authoritative guidance is available here:
:: Daily WHO situation reports here: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports

:: WHO Coronavirus disease (COVID-2019) daily press briefings here: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/media-resources/press-briefings

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Situation report – 75 [WHO]
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
4 April 2020
[Excerpts]
SITUATION IN NUMBERS
Globally
1 051 635 confirmed (79 332)
56 985 deaths (6664)

Western Pacific Region
110 362 confirmed (1432)
3809 deaths (49)

European Region
583 141 confirmed (41 333)
42 334 deaths (5231)

South-East Asia Region
6528 confirmed (647)
267 deaths (22)

Eastern Mediterranean Region
65 903 confirmed (3667)
3592 deaths (154)

Region of the Americas
279 543 confirmed (32 070)
6802 deaths (1202)

African Region
5446 confirmed (183)
170 deaths (6)
 

WHO RISK ASSESSMENT
Global Level – Very High

HIGHLIGHTS

:: One new country/territory/area reported cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours: Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba.

:: As worldwide cases climb above 1 million and deaths over 50 000, Dr Tedros stressed that the best way for countries to end restrictions and ease their economic effects was to attack the virus with an aggressive and comprehensive package of measures. His speech can be found here.

:: WHO has released new technical guidance recommending universal access to public hand hygiene stations and making their use obligatory on entering and leaving any public or private commercial building and any public transport facility. It also recommends that healthcare facilities improve access to and practice of hand hygiene. Find more here.

:: WHO/Europe has received a €30 million contribution from the European Commission for 6 WHO European Region Member States – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine – to meet immediate needs in their responses to COVID-19. More information is available here.