- Three new countries/territories/areas reported cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours: Botswana, Burundi, and Sierra Leone.
- WHO has released a scientific brief on the off-label use of medicines for COVID-19. A number of medicines have been suggested as potential investigational therapies, many of which are now being or will soon be studied in clinical trials, including the SOLIDARITY trial co-sponsored by WHO and participating countries. More information can be found here.
- WHO recognizes the importance of addressing the needs of refugees and migrants when preparing for or responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. WHO European Region has released a guidance document to assist healthcare working with refugees and migrants. More information can be found here.
- At a press briefing, yesterday, PAHO Director Dr. Carissa Etienne stressed that countries of the Americas must act now to slow the spread of COVID-19.WHO encourages countries to prepare hospitals and health facilities, protect their health personnel, and decide what social distancing measures need to be implemented and for how long, among other actions. Find more here.
- Public health and social measures to slow or stop the spread of COVID-19 must be implemented with the full engagement of all members of society. WHO has described four levels of COVID-19 transmission with varying public health and social measures depending on the local evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic. For more details, please see ‘Subject in Focus’.
SITUATION IN NUMBERS
total (new) cases in last 24 hours
– Globally 823,626 confirmed (72,736) 40,598 deaths (4,193)
– Western Pacific Region 106,422 confirmed (1,554) 3,701 deaths (30)
– European Region 464,212 confirmed (40,266) 30,089 deaths (3395)
– South-East Asia Region 5,175 confirmed (960) 195 deaths (29)
-Eastern Mediterranean Region 54,281 confirmed (3,932) 3115 deaths (161)
– Region of the Americas188,751 confirmed (25,737) 3400 deaths (564)
– African Region 4,073 confirmed (287) 91 deaths (14)
WHO RISK ASSESSMENT
Global Level – Very High