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Rolling updates on coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Rolling updates on coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Updated 23 March 2020

 
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Summary

 

• A pneumonia of unknown cause detected in Wuhan, China was first reported to the WHO Country Office in China on 31 December 2019.

• WHO is working 24/7 to analyse data, provide advice, coordinate with partners, help countries prepare, increase supplies and manage expert networks.

• The outbreak was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on 30 January 2020.

• The international community has asked for US$675 million to help protect states with weaker health systems as part of its Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan.

• On 11 February 2020, WHO announced a name for the new coronavirus disease: COVID-19.

• To stay up to date, follow @DrTedros and @WHO on Twitter, read WHO’s daily situation reports and news releases, and watch our regular press conferences.

 

WHO and FIFA team up on campaign to kick out coronavirus

23 March 2020

WHO and FIFA launched the “Pass the message to kick out coronavirus” campaign, led by world-renowned footballers. The campaign promotes five key steps for people to follow to protect their health in line with WHO guidance, focused on hand washing, coughing etiquette, not touching your face, physical distance and staying home if feeling unwell.

“We need teamwork to combat the coronavirus,” said FIFA President Gianni Infantino. “FIFA has teamed up with WHO because health comes first. I call upon the football community worldwide to join us in supporting this campaign to pass the message even further. Some of the greatest players to have played the beautiful game have put their names to the campaign and are united in their desire to pass the message to kick out COVID-19.”

Twenty-eight players are involved in the video campaign, which is being published in 13 languages.

 

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

 

@DrTedros

 
 

Pleased to launch “Pass the message: 5 steps to kicking out ” campaign, together with @FIFAcom Gianni Infantino & @Alissonbecker. I thank them for their active involvement in passing the message against the pandemic since the very beginning!

 

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Key materials:

Video: Pass the message: Five steps to kicking out coronavirus

News release: Pass the message: Five steps to kicking out coronavirus – with social tiles

WHO Director-General’s opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19 – 23 March 2020

Youtube recording of media briefing

Video clips for broadcasters 

WHO Health Alert for coronavirus launches on WhatsApp 

20 March 2020

To increase access to reliable information, WHO worked with WhatsApp and Facebook to launch a new WHO Health Alert messaging service today. The WhatsApp-based service will provide vital information about COVID-19 to millions of people through their mobile phones. The services uses an AI chatbot to provide updated information on the pandemic, including how to protect yourself, questions and answers, and the latest news and press coverage. The Health Alert service is now available in English and will be introduced in other languages next week. This is part of WHO’s wider initiative to work with technology companies to get accurate health information into the hands of people that need it at this critical time.

 

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

 

@DrTedros

 
 

I am proud to announce that today we launched a new @WHO Health Alert messaging service via @WhatsApp. This service will provide the latest news & information on , including details on symptoms and how to protect yourself. To subscribe, click here http://bit.ly/who-covid19-whatsapp 

 
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Key materials:

News release 

Link to receive messages from the WHO Health Alert on WhatsApp

 

Young people “are not invincible” 

20 March 2020 

Speaking at the COVID-19 media briefing, the Director-General said: 

“Although older people are the hardest hit, younger people are not spared.

Data from many countries clearly show that people under 50 make up a significant proportion of patients requiring hospitalization.

Today, I have a message for young people: you are not invincible. This virus could put you in hospital for weeks, or even kill you.

Even if you don’t get sick, the choices you make about where you go could be the difference between life and death for someone else.

I’m grateful that so many young people are spreading the word and not the virus.”

 

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

 

@DrTedros

 
 

Young people are not invincible from . The could put you in hospital for weeks, or even kill you. Even if you don’t get sick, the choices you make about where you go could be the difference between life and death for someone else. https://twitter.com/WHO/status/1241049912017588225?s=20 

 

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World Health Organization (WHO)

 

@WHO

Replying to @WHO

“I’m grateful that so many young people are spreading the word & not the virus. Solidarity is the key to defeating #COVID19 – solidarity between countries, but also between age groups.
Thank you for heeding our call for solidarity, solidarity, solidarity”-@DrTedros #coronavirus

 
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Key materials:

WHO Director-General’s opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19 – 20 March 2020

Youtube recording of media briefing

Video clips for broadcasters

 

#AskWHO on disability considerations during COVID-19 

19 March 2020 

The impact of COVID-19 is “felt by different groups in different ways”. 

Expert Lindsay Lee emphasises that everyone has a critical role to play to protect people with disability during the COVID-19, in her #AskWHO public Q&A session. 

 

World Health Organization (WHO)

 

@WHO

 
 

on disability considerations during . https://www.pscp.tv/w/cUIJiTI2MTAyMHwxa3ZLcFhwdmx2a0tF3Og-3wD1ha8JMU77kvr3NHxRwkCF0kvOjIbMLC-KLlE= 

Who @WHO

#AskWHO on disability considerations during #COVID19. #coronavirus

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Key materials:

Periscope recording of the #AskWHO on disability considerations during COVID-19 

 

 

UN Secretary-General calls for solidarity, hope and political will

19 March 2020 

The coronavirus pandemic is a crisis unlike any in the UN’s 75-year history. 

During his press briefing on COVID-19, UN Secretary-General António Guterres asked world leaders to come together and offer an urgent and coordinated global response.

 

Key materials:

YouTube recording of the press briefing 

 

 

WHO Regional Office for Africa holds joint COVID-19 media briefing with World Economic Forum 

19 March 2020 

Speakers included Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa and WHO Country Representatives Dr Lucile Imboua-Niava (Senegal) and Dr Owen Kaluwa (South Africa). 

Many questions remain about how the pandemic will evolve in Africa. Of particular concern is the potential vulnerability of the roughly 26 million people living with HIV, and the 58 million children with malnutrition on the continent. 

 

 

Dr Matshidiso Moeti

 

@MoetiTshidi

 
 

briefing moderated by @wef earlier today. This is one of the biggest health challenges Africa has faced in a generation. Adopting approaches which are adaptable to the African context is key to containing the spread.

 

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Launch of SOLIDARITY trial 

18 March 2020

WHO and partners are launching an international clinical trial that aims to generate robust data from around the world to find the most effective treatments for COVID-19. The SOLIDARITY trial provides simplified procedures to enable even overloaded hospitals to participate. 

 

Soumya Swaminathan

 

@doctorsoumya

 
 

Research and development is an important part of our response @WHO https://www.who.int/dg/speeches/detail/who-director-general-s-opening-remarks-at-the-media-briefing-on-covid-19—18-march-2020 

WHO Director-General’s opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19 – 18 March 2020

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Key materials:

WHO Director-General’s opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19 – 18 March 2020

Periscope recording of the media briefing

Video clips for broadcasters

 

 

More than 320 000 learners enrol in online COVID-19 courses 

18 March 2020

Real-time training during global emergencies is critical for effective preparedness and response. 

The OpenWHO Massive Online Open Courses for COVID-19 provide learning resources for health professionals, decision-makers and the public. More than 320 000 learners have already enrolled.

As the pandemic continues to evolve, new resources will be added, additional language versions will continue to be rolled out, and existing courses will be updated to best reflect the changing context.

Courses include: 
Operational Planning Guidelines to Support Country Preparedness and Response

Infection Prevention and Control

Acute Respiratory Infections (ARIs) and basic hygiene measures to protect against infection

Clinical Care Severe Acute Respiratory Infection

Emerging respiratory viruses, including COVID-19: methods for detection, prevention, response and control

 

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

 

@DrTedros

 
 

The Massive Online Open Course at http://OpenWHO.org  has now over 323,000 enrollments for courses. This platform was developed in 2017 as part of pandemic preparedness together with the “managing epidemic” handbook. https://openwho.org/channels/covid-19 

Welcome to OpenWHO

OpenWHO is WHO’s new interactive, web-based, knowledge-transfer platform offering online courses to improve the response to health emergencies. OpenWHO enables the Organization and its key partners…

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More information: 

Managing epidemics: key facts about major deadly diseases

 

WHO calls for urgent, aggressive actions to combat COVID-19, as cases soar in South-East Asia Region

17 March 2020

The World Health Organization today called on Member states in South-East Asia Region to urgently scale-up aggressive measures to combat COVID-19, as confirmed cases cross 480, and the disease claims eight lives.

Key Materials

Press release

 

New guidance on people affected by humanitarian crises 

17 March 2020

To avoid the neglect and stigmatization of individuals in groups such as asylum seekers, internally displaced people and refugees, this interim guidance outlines ‘Scaling-up COVID-19 Outbreak in Readiness and Response Operations in Camps and Camp-like Settings’. 

WHO jointly developed the guidance with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). 

 

World Health Organization (WHO)

 

@WHO

 
 

NEW: guidance on preparedness & response in humanitarian situations incl. in camp & camp-like settings https://bit.ly/2Wv68oY 

 

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#TogetherAtHome online concert series starts 

16 March 2020 

Chris Martin played a mini gig at home to kick off #TogetherAtHome, a virtual no-contact concert series that aims to promote physical distancing and taking action for global health, presented by WHO and Global Citizen. More Solidarity Sessions are planned to promote health, to show support for people who are staying at home to protect themselves and others from COVID-19, and to encourage donations to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.

 

 
 
 
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Chris played a mini gig at home earlier today on IG Live. @glblctzn @WHO @JohnLegend #TogetherAtHome

A post shared by Coldplay🌙☀️ (@coldplay) on 

 

 

Key materials:

Instagram video of Coldplay #TogetherAtHome session

COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund

 

 

“You cannot fight a fire blindfolded.” 

16 March 2020

Countries should test every suspected case of COVID-19.

If people test positive, they should be isolated and the people they have been in close contact with up to 2 days before they developed symptoms should be sought out, and those people should be tested too if they show symptoms of COVID-19. 

WHO also advises that all confirmed cases, even mild cases, should be isolated in health facilities, to prevent transmission and provide adequate care.

But we recognize that many countries have already exceeded their capacity to care for mild cases in dedicated health facilities.

In that situation, countries should prioritize older patients and those with underlying conditions.

 

World Health Organization (WHO)

 

@WHO

 
 

“We have a simple message for all countries:
test
test
test.

Test every suspected case.

If they test positive, isolate them & find out who they have been in close contact with up to 2 days before they developed symptoms & test those people too”-@DrTedros

 
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Key materials:

WHO Director-General’s opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19 – 16 March 2020

Full video of Press Conference – 16 March 2020

Video clips for broadcasters

 

 

 

WHO Mission to Iraq covers detection and response 

15 March 2020

The mission, which comprised experts from the Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office and from WHO headquarters in Geneva, held a series of meetings with national health authorities to identify the disease detection dynamics and at-risk populations, in addition to providing guidance on strengthening response and control measures.

The mission also reviewed the Ministry’s overall readiness to deal with a potential increase in case reporting and the priority of establishing an Emergency Operation Centre to speed up action now that the disease has been announced as a global pandemic.

 

WHO Iraq

 

@WHOIraq

 
 

Head of @WHOEMRO team of experts Dr. Rana Hajja held a joint press conference with the MOH minister tdy. Dr Hajjih stressed the collective responsibility for containing the spread of the virus by protecting ourselves, families, and the community. https://bit.ly/33dwKvS 

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Key materials:

News release  

Video clip from MOH and mission press conference 

 

Launch of #SafeHands Challenge 

13 March 2020 

WHO launched the #SafeHands Challenge to promote the power of clean hands fo fight the coronavirus.

To support the challenge to encourage people to clean their hands with soap or alcohol-based hand rub, Twitter created a new #HandWashing emoji. 

Heads of State, footballers, singers and more have already taken part, with more people nominated to join the challenge every day. 

 

 

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

 

@DrTedros

 
 

There are several measures you can take to protect yourself from . One of the most important ones is regular & safe hand hygiene. Here are the steps recommended by @WHO 👇
Show the 🌍 where and how you wash your hands. Join the WHO challenge!

 

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Europe becomes epicenter of the pandemic

13 March 2020

Europe now has more reported cases and deaths than the rest of the world combined, apart from China.

More cases are now being reported every day than were reported in China at the height of its epidemic.

 

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

 

@DrTedros

 
 

5,000 people have lost their lives to – this is a tragic milestone.
Europe has now become the epicenter of the pandemic, with more reported cases and deaths than the rest of the world combined, apart from China. https://twitter.com/WHO/status/1238493078756798464 

World Health Organization (WHO)

 

@WHO

 

Media briefing on #COVID19 with @DrTedros. #coronavirus https://www.pscp.tv/w/cTpSLjI2MTAyMHwxTHl4Qk5sWk9BeXhOII8cGgvkuf7TSY7b9Ssr0WoG-dD1Wwrre_lIiIoKG5g= 

 
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Key materials:

WHO Director-General’s opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19 – 13 March 2020

Periscope reading of press briefing

Video for broadcasters 

 

Updated clinical guidance 

13 March 2020

 

World Health Organization (WHO)

 

@WHO

 
 

Updated clinical guidance covers:
🔹Early case recognition
🔹Guidance for care of children, pregnant women, adults & older people
🔹Managing cases
🔹Infection prevention & control
🔹Sample collection & an update on investigational therapeutics
👉http://bit.ly/2QhIkkB 

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Key materials 

Interim guidance: Clinical management of severe acute respiratory infection when novel coronavirus (nCoV) infection is suspected

 

 

WHO, UN Foundation and partners launch first-of-its-kind COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund

13 March 2020

A new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Solidarity Response Fund will raise money from a wide range of donors to support the work of the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners to help countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund, the first-of-its-kind, enables private individuals, corporations and institutions anywhere in the world to come together to directly contribute to global response efforts, and has been created by the United Nations Foundation and the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation, together with WHO. 

 

World Health Organization (WHO)

 

@WHO

 
 

WHO, @unfoundation and partners launch first-of-its-kind Solidarity Response Fund.

More http://bit.ly/COVID19Fund 

 

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Key Materials:

The COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund

Press release

Audio file of press conference – 13 March

WHO Director-General’s opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19 – 13 March 2020

 

 

Expert mission to Iran concludes

12 March 2020

A five-day expert mission to Iran with experts from WHO, GOARN partners, Robert Koch Institute in Berlin and the Chinese Center for Disease Control has concluded.

“Everybody in the country is engaged in this response. The right and timely public health measures implemented on [an] adequate scale will make a difference,” said Dr Richard Brennan, WHO Regional Emergency Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Region and mission team lead.

Looking forward, Dr Brennan said more work needs to be done to protect health workers. The mission also held constructive discussions on ways to advance epidemiological data collection and analysis.

 

WHO EMRO

 

@WHOEMRO

 
 

.@WHO mission to IR was impressed w/ sanitariums set up to receive recovering patients & mild cases, when needed. The team has shared recommendations on case management, epidemiological analysis, infection prevention/control & monitoring the overall response.

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Key materials:

News release

 

Azerbaijan welcomes WHO mission

12 March 2020 

During its 5-day mission, a team of WHO experts worked with the national response committee on developing a national preparedness and response plan for COVID-19.

The Government of Azerbaijan is contributing to global efforts to address COVID-19, coordinating with neighbouring countries, and has pledged US$ 5 million to WHO’s strategic preparedness and response plan.

Key materials:

News release

 

 

 

 

WHO characterizes COVID-19 as a pandemic

11 March 2020


Speaking at the COVID-19 media briefing, the WHO Director-General said: 

“WHO has been assessing this outbreak around the clock and we are deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity, and by the alarming levels of inaction.

We have therefore made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic.

Pandemic is not a word to use lightly or carelessly. It is a word that, if misused, can cause unreasonable fear, or unjustified acceptance that the fight is over, leading to unnecessary suffering and death.

Describing the situation as a pandemic does not change WHO’s assessment of the threat posed by this virus. It doesn’t change what WHO is doing, and it doesn’t change what countries should do.

We have never before seen a pandemic sparked by a coronavirus. This is the first pandemic caused by a coronavirus.

And we have never before seen a pandemic that can be controlled, at the same time.”

 

World Health Organization (WHO)

 

@WHO

 
 

🚨 BREAKING 🚨

“We have therefore made the assessment that can be characterized as a pandemic”-@DrTedros

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Key materials:

WHO Director-General’s opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19 – 11 March 2020

Periscope recording of the press conference

 

 

 

WHO issues schools guidance with UNICEF and IFRC

10 March 2020

WHO, UNICEF and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) outline critical considerations and practical checklists to keep schools safe, with helpful tips for parents and caregivers, as well as children and students themselves. 

 

Henrietta H. Fore

 

@unicefchief

 
 

In coordination with @WHO and @ifrc, we’ve issued guidance for schools, teachers, parents and caregivers for the prevention and control of . https://uni.cf/2W02Ae0 

COVID-19: IFRC, UNICEF and WHO issue guidance to protect children and support safe school operations

unicef.org

 
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Key materials 

News release

Guidance: Key Messages and Actions for COVID-19 Prevention and Control in Schools 

 

 

Mental health and COVID-19

10 March 2020

WHO is providing guidance to help people manage fear, stigma and discrimination during COVID-19.

In the #AskWHO film below, expert Aiysha Malik answers public questions about mental health and preventing stress during the outbreak. 

 

 

World Health Organization (WHO)

 

@WHO

 
 

on mental health during . Ask your questions to our expert Aiysha Malik. https://www.pscp.tv/w/cTY-ZzI2MTAyMHwxT3d4V1Fib1BxREdROZ6uooc45taTXB-0Ctk3yeoVeCEWGCTfN1NXI_jMv3Y= 

Who @WHO

#AskWHO on mental health during #COVID19. Ask your questions to our expert Aiysha Malik.

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Key materials 

Guidance: Mental Health Considerations during COVID-19 Outbreak

#AskWHO Q&A with Aiysha Malik 

 


“The rule of the game is: never give up.”

9 March 2020

“We are not at the mercy of this virus,” said the WHO Director-General at the 9 March media briefing.

All countries must aim to stop transmission and prevent the spread of COVID-19, whether they face no cases, sporadic cases, clusters or community transmission.

“Let hope be the antidote to fear.

Let solidarity be the antidote to blame.

Let our shared humanity be the antidote to our shared threat”

 

 

World Health Organization (WHO)

 

@WHO

 
 

“Now that the has a foothold in so many countries, the threat of a pandemic has become very real.

But it would be the first pandemic in history that could be controlled.

The bottom line is: we are not at the mercy of this virus”-@DrTedros

 
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Key materials:

WHO Director-General’s opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19 – 9 March 2020

Periscope recording of the press conference

 

 

Interim guidance on critical preparedness, readiness and response actions

8 March 2020

Drawing on existing materials, this guidance describes the preparedness, readiness and response actions for four different transmission scenarios:

1. No cases

2. Sporadic cases: 1 or more cases, imported or locally detected

3. Clusters of cases in time, geographic location and/or common exposure

4. Community transmission: larger outbreaks of local transmission

 

World Health Organization (WHO)

 

@WHO

 
 

Every country should urgently take all necessary measures to slow further spread and to protect health systems from becoming overwhelmed with patients seriously ill with http://bit.ly/2TvK5ML 

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Marking 100 000 cases 

7 March 2020 

Marking this sombre moment, WHO reminded all countries and communities that the spread of this virus can be significantly slowed or even reversed through the implementation of robust containment and control activities.

Every effort to contain the virus and slow the spread saves lives. These efforts give health systems and all of society much needed time to prepare, and researchers more time to identify effective treatments and develop vaccines. 

Allowing uncontrolled spread should not be a choice of any government, as it will harm not only the citizens of that country but affect other countries as well. 

We must stop, contain, control, delay and reduce the impact of this virus at every opportunity. Every person has the capacity to contribute, to protect themselves, to protect others, whether in the home, the community, the healthcare system, the workplace or the transport system. 

 

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

 

@DrTedros

 
 

Today for the first time 100 countries are reporting cases. This comes after the 🌍 reached 100,000 cases yesterday. While very serious, this should not discourage us. There are many things everyone, everywhere can and should do now. http://bit.ly/3azVPDK 

 
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