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 – 117 [WHO]

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
16 May 2020
Situation in numbers (by WHO Region)
Total (new cases in last 24 hours)
Globally 4 425 485 cases (86 827) 302 059 deaths (4 940)
Africa 54 461 cases (2 271) 1 667 deaths (44)
Americas 1 909 483 cases (45 015) 115 057 deaths (3 123)
Eastern Mediterranean 315 668 cases (10 479) 9 701 deaths (143)
Europe 1 848 445 cases (22 150) 164 723 deaths (1 446)
South-East Asia 127 995 cases (5 741) 4 201 deaths (151)
Western Pacific 166 721 cases (1 171) 6 697 deaths (33)

:: WHO has published a new scientific brief on “Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children and adolescents with COVID-19”, given the reported clusters of children and adolescents who require admission to intensive care units with a multisystem inflammatory condition. There is an urgent need for collecting standardized data describing epidemiology, clinical presentations, severity, and outcomes.
:: WHO Director-General Dr Tedros, in his media briefing yesterday, highlighted the need to “unleash the full power of science, to deliver innovations that are scalable, usable, and benefit everyone, everywhere, at the same time”.
:: WHO has published new guidance on “Cleaning and disinfection of environmental surfaces in the context of COVID-19”, intended for healthcare professionals, public health professionals and health authorities that are developing and implementing cleaning and disinfection policies and standard operating procedures.
:: WHO and UNICEF have published a document on frequently asked questions (FAQs) about immunization in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. These FAQs accompany WHO’s Guiding principles for immunization activities during the COVID-19 pandemic.