Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC)
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last update: 8 October 2020, 20:00 GMT-4
Confirmed cases :: 45 428 731 [week ago: 42 055 863] [two weeks ago: 39 023 292]
Confirmed deaths :: 1 185 721 [week ago: 1 141 567] [two weeks ago: 1 099 586]
Countries, areas or territories with cases :: 219
Statement on the fifth meeting of the International Health Regulations (2005) Emergency Committee regarding the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic
30 October 2020 Statement
The fifth meeting of the Emergency Committee convened by the WHO Director-General under the International Health Regulations (IHR) (2005) regarding the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) took place on Thursday, 29 October 2020 from 12:30 to 16:05 Geneva time (CEST)…
Proceedings of the meeting
…After ensuing discussion, the Committee unanimously agreed that the pandemic still constitutes an extraordinary event, a public health risk to other States through international spread, and continues to require a coordinated international response. As such, the Committee considered the COVID-19 pandemic to remain a public health emergency of international concern and offered advice to the Director-General.
The Director-General determined that the COVID-19 pandemic continues to constitute a PHEIC. He accepted the advice of the Committee to WHO and issued the Committee’s advice to States Parties as Temporary Recommendations under the IHR (2005).
The Emergency Committee will be reconvened within three months, at the discretion of the Director-General. The Director-General thanked the Committee for its work.