Get ahead of COVID-19 NOW!
This is my reading of the situation today.
It will take the world much longer to suppress this pandemic if nations continue to work independently and are inconsistent in their application of WHO guidance.
We need to make a jump in our level of impact.
Act now, act audaciously. Before it is too late.
On 21 February 2020, Dr David Nabarro, Strategic Director of 4SD and Co-Director of the Imperial College Institute of Global Health Innovation at the Imperial College London, was appointed as a World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Special Envoy on COVID-19. In this role, David and five other special envoys are providing strategic advice and high-level political advocacy and engagement in different parts of the world to help WHO coordinate the global response to the epidemic. David joins special envoys Professor Dr Maha El Rabbat, former Minister of Health of Egypt; Dr John Nkengasong, Director of the African Centres for Disease Control and Prevention; Dr Mirta Roses, former Director of the WHO Region of the Americas; Dr Shin Young-soo, former Regional Director of the WHO Region of the Western Pacific and Professor Samba Sow, Director-General of the Center for Vaccine Development in Mali in this collective effort.
Please visit: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019 for official guidance from the World Health Organisation on the virus. These Narratives are being written and shared by David for those who want more information and to help raise awareness and readiness of all actors.
Snapshot from WHO COVID-19 Situation Report – 61, as of 23:59 CET 20 March 2020
→ WHO Risk Assessment Global Level VERY HIGH
→ 266,073 confirmed cases (+32,000 new in the last 24 hours)
→ 11,184 deaths (+1,344 in the last 24 hours)
→ 6 new countries/territories/areas has reported cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours (Papua New Guinea, Isle of Man, Timor-Leste, Haiti, Cabo Verde, Zimbabwe)
→ WHO has updated their case definitions
→ WHO Regional Directors call for solidarity
→ Updated Technical Guidance
→ New and updated courses on OpenWHO Massive Online Open Courses on COVID-19 for health professionals, decision-makers and the public