Coronavirus [COVID-19] – PHEIC


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

Editor’s Note:
The most recent COVID-19 Situation Report posted is dated 16 August 2020. These daily reports seem to have been replaced with Weekly Epidemiological Updates, the first issue of which is dated 17 August 2020 as just below.

Weekly Epidemiological Update – 1
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
17 August 2020

Confirmed cases :: 22 812 491 [week ago: 21 026 758]
Confirmed deaths :: 795 132 [week ago: 755 786]

Key weekly updates
:: “There are two essential elements to addressing the pandemic effectively: leaders must step up to take action and citizens need to embrace new measures…My message is crystal clear: suppress, suppress, suppress the virus.”
WHO Director-General Dr Tedros, at his regular media briefing on Monday, 10 August

:: The Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, is a global collaboration to accelerate the development, production, and equitable access to COVID-19 tests, treatments, and vaccines. Nine vaccine candidates are currently in the portfolio of the vaccines pillar (called COVAX) and going through phase two or phase three trials. This portfolio, already the broadest in the world, is constantly expanding. The ACT-Accelerator is the only up-and-running global initiative that brings together all the global research and development, manufacturing, regulatory, purchasing and procurement needed for all the tools required to end the pandemic.

:: Access to basic handwashing facilities is a key condition for schools to be able to operate safely in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet the latest data from the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) found that 43% of schools worldwide lacked access to basic handwashing with soap and water in 2019. UNICEF and partners have published a Framework for Reopening schools and guidance on hand hygiene, which compliments Key Messages and Actions for COVID-19 Prevention and Control in Schools and Considerations for school-related public health measures in the context of COVID-19.

:: WHO has published updated guidance on home care for patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and the management of their contacts. The document provides guidance on the issues to be considered when deciding whether or not to provide care for COVID-19 patients at home and offers advice for health workers and caregivers providing that care.

:: WHO has published the Emergency Global Supply Chain System (COVID-19) catalogue, which lists all medical devices, including personal protective equipment, medical equipment, medical consumables, single use devices, laboratory and test-related devices that may be requested through the COVID-19 Supply Portal.