Covid-19: Situation Improving in Europe, Worsening Globally, Says WHO

More than six months into this pandemic, this is not the time for any country to take its foot off the pedal, WHO

WASHINGTON: The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that more than 100,000 cases have been reported on 9 of the past 10 days, while just yesterday, more than 136,000 cases were reported, the most in a single day so far.

Addressing a Press briefing, DG WHO Dr Tedros said Almost 75% of yesterday’s cases come from 10 countries, mostly in the Americas and South Asia.

He said although the situation in Europe is improving, globally it is worsening, while most countries in the African region are still experiencing an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, with some reporting cases in new geographic areas, although most countries in the region have less than 1000 cases.

Dr Tedros said “we also see increasing numbers of cases in parts of Eastern Europe and central Asia, and at the same time, we’re encouraged that several countries around the world are seeing positive signs.”

In these countries, he said, the biggest threat now is complacency, as results from studies to see how much of the population has been exposed to the virus show that most people globally are still susceptible to infection.

Dr Tedros said “as part of our commitment to coordinating the global response, WHO is also running the COVID-19 Partners Platform, an online tool that enables countries to match needs with resources.”

He said that this online tool enables countries to enter planned activities for which they need support, and donors to match their contributions to these activities.

So far, 105 national plans have been uploaded, and 56 donors have entered their contributions, totalling US$3.9 billion, said Dr Tedros, adding that the platform also includes the COVID-19 Supply Portal, enabling countries to request critical supplies of diagnostics, protective equipment and other essential medical provisions.

So far, WHO has shipped more than 5 million items of personal protective equipment to 110 countries.

“We are now in the process of shipping more than 129 million items of PPE to 126 countries,” he said.

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