Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC)
WHO – Situation report – 145
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) 13 June 2020
Confirmed cases :: 7 553 182
Confirmed deaths :: 423 349
Countries, areas or territories with cases :: 216
As of 13 June 10am (CEST), Chinese authorities reported to WHO 12 new confirmed cases, among them 6 in Beijing. After 10am (CEST), Chinese authorities reported additional information about an ongoing investigation of further cases in Beijing. Information about the investigation in Beijing will be made available separately and additional cases reported in subsequent Situation Reports.
:: WHO COVID-19 Webpage: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
:: 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
WHO Director-General’s opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19 – 12 June 2020
12 June 2020
…As the pandemic accelerates in low- and middle-income countries, WHO is especially concerned about its impact on people who already struggle to access health services – often women, children and adolescents.
The indirect effects of COVID-19 on these groups may be greater than the number of deaths due to the virus itself.
Because the pandemic has overwhelmed health systems in many places, women may have a heightened risk of dying from complications of pregnancy and childbirth.
WHO has developed guidance for health facilities and community activities on maintaining essential services, including for women, newborns, children and adolescents.
This includes ensuring women and children can use services with appropriate infection prevention and control measures, and respectful maternal and newborn care.
WHO has also carefully investigated the risks of women transmitting COVID-19 to their babies during breastfeeding.
We know that children are at relatively low-risk of COVID-19, but are at high risk of numerous other diseases and conditions that breastfeeding prevents.
Based on the available evidence, WHO’s advice is that the benefits of breastfeeding outweigh any potential risks of transmission of COVID-19…