Emergencies – Coronavirus [COVID-19]


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


Situation report – 81 [WHO]

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
10 April 2020
1 521 252 confirmed (85 054)
92 798 deaths (7277)

European Region
799 696 confirmed (40 035)
66 213 deaths (4697)

Region of the Americas
493 173 confirmed (38 463)
17 038 deaths (2264)

Western Pacific Region
117 247 confirmed (1395)
3978 deaths (34)

Eastern Mediterranean Region
88 657 confirmed (3307)
4607 deaths (148)

South-East Asia Region
12 978 confirmed (1402)
569 deaths (101)

African Region
8789 confirmed (452)
382 deaths (33)

Global Level – Very High

:: No new country/territory/area reported cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.

:: Dr. Bruce Aylward, Special Adviser to WHO’s Director-General, speaking of his recent mission to Spain at a press briefing yesterday, highlighted the need for countries to understand that the virus can overwhelm even the most robust health systems, resulting in the need to entirely reconfigure health sectors in response. Find more about Dr. Aylward’s recent fact-finding mission to Spain here.

: OpenWHO, a web-based learning platform, has launched a new online course Introduction to Go.Data – Field data collection, chains of transmission and contact follow-up. The Go.Data tool supports outbreak investigation, focusing on field data collection, contact tracing and visualisation of chains of transmission. It is available to WHO staff around the world, Member States and partners. For more information, please see here.

:: As the number of cases continues to climb in Europe, two new WHO tools launched today will help health planners in the European Region prepare for the rapidly increasing number of patients with COVID-19 requiring acute and intensive care in hospitals. For more details, please see here.