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Coronavirus - MENA: Statement by Dr Ahmed Al Mandhari, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, on COVID-19

Several countries that had successfully controlled transmission a few months ago, including Morocco, Tunisia, Jordan and Lebanon, are now seeing an acceleration of cases

This week, our Region reached another milestone as we surpassed two million cases of COVID-19. We are observing developments that remind us again that we must remain totally vigilant in managing this virus. Several countries that had successfully controlled transmission a few months ago, including Morocco, Tunisia, Jordan and Lebanon,…

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Coronavirus - Africa: COVID-19 situation updates for week 32

Most countries in the Region are in the community transmission phase

The coronavirus disease COVID-19 has been spreading for the past 6 months, and it continues to accelerate at regional and global levels. As of 8 August 2020, 19 187 943 cases and 716 075 associated deaths with a case-fatality rate (CFR) of 3.7% have been reported globally. The 22 countries…

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Coronavirus: Over one million COVID-19 cases reported in WHO's Eastern Mediterranean Region

As of 11:00 today, 1 025 478 cases and 23 461 deaths have been recorded from the Region, which spans from Morocco to Pakistan

The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed more than one million cases of COVID-19 in the 22 countries of WHO's Eastern Mediterranean Region. As of 11:00 today, 1 025 478 cases and 23 461 deaths have been recorded from the Region, which spans from Morocco to Pakistan. While cases in…

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Coronavirus - Morocco: Keeping Morocco’s mothers and babies safe

The online training “Care for pregnant women and newborns in the context of COVID-19” for Moroccan health workers was organized by WHO Morocco and UNFPA

In an online conference on a Wednesday afternoon in May 2020, the background noise is particularly revealing. Shouts of children and gurgles of babies echo as women and men in Morocco adjust their microphones and headsets. For the next 2 hours, these birth specialists — hundreds of Moroccan nurses, midwives,…

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Coronavirus - Somalia: WHO supports accelerated response efforts for contact tracing in Somalia as cases surge

Up until 11 May 2020, the country has reported 1054 cases, including 51 deaths, and recently there has been an upsurge in cases and deaths

As the laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 surge in Somalia, the country has also intensified its operations response to contain the epidemic. The WHO country office in support of this intensified response operations has deployed over 4000 community health care workers, each having to visit at least 5000 households every month…

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Coronavirus - Libya: Statement of the Regional Director Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari

In Libya, fighting continues in Tarhouna, south of Tripoli, and shelling continues near Mitiga airport in Tripoli

By Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari Dear colleagues and friends, Ramadan Kareem. Thank you for joining us once more as we continue our collective fight against COVID-19. Over the past few weeks, this fight has become even more challenging with the appearance of the virus in countries such as the Syrian Arab…

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UNSMIL appeals for ceasefire to strengthen COVID-19 response

WHO therefore joins UNSMIL in calling on the warring factions to lay down their arms and allow WHO and health sector partners to work unimpeded, in all parts of the country

WHO strongly endorses UNSMIL’s appeal for a ceasefire in Libya to allow national health authorities and health partners to respond to the potential spread of COVID-19 in the country. Countries throughout the world are taking unprecedented steps to respond to the threats posed by this deadly virus. The COVID-19 pandemic…