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 – 88 [WHO]

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
17 April 2020
2 074 529 confirmed (82 967)
139 378 deaths (8493)

European Region
1 050 871 confirmed (37 778)
93 480 deaths (4163)

Region of the Americas
743 607 confirmed (36 486)
33 028 deaths (2783)

Western Pacific Region
127 595 confirmed (2024)
5558 deaths (1319)

Eastern Mediterranean Region
115 824 confirmed (4392)
5662 deaths (130)

South-East Asia Region
23 560 confirmed (1770)
1051 deaths (61)

African Region
12 360 confirmed (517)
586 deaths (36)

Global Level – Very High

:: No new country/territory/area reported cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.
:: Globally, the number of reported confirmed cases exceeded 2 million.

:: WHO has released public health guidance for social and religious practices and gatherings during Ramadan. The guidance also offers advice to strengthen mental and physical wellbeing as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. The guidance is available here.

:: WHO has released guidance on considerations in adjusting public health and social measures in the context of COVID-19. This document is intended for national authorities and decision makers in countries that have introduced large scale public health and social measures. It offers guidance for adjusting public health and social measures, while managing the risk of a resurgence of cases. The guidance is available here.

:: The Chinese authorities have informed WHO that as cases have declined in China and the strain on the healthcare system has eased, a multisectoral team was established in late March 2020 to perform a comprehensive review of COVID-19 data in Wuhan, Hubei Province. Information from a variety of sources was reviewed, leading to duplicate cases being removed and missed cases added. Following this review, the total number of cases in Wuhan increased by 325 and the total number of deaths increased by 1290.

:: As of 11 April 2020, 167 countries, territories and areas have implemented additional health measures that significantly interfere with international traffic.