Source: World Food Programme (WFP) |

World Food Programme (WFP) Regional Bureau for the Middle East, North Africa (MENA), Central Asia & Eastern Europe COVID-19 Situation Report

Total funding required for the Global Humanitarian Response Plan (GHRP) has risen to USD 10.3 billion in the July 2020 update, up from the USD 6.7 billion in May

HIGHLIGHTS As of 27 July, there were 878,030 reported cases of COVID-19 within the countries covered by this region. There has been a 19 percent increase in cases over the last two weeks (12 July – 27 July) and a 44 percent increase in cases over the last month (28…

Source: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) |

Coronavirus - Africa: Winners announced for UNHCR Youth with Refugees Art Contest

Contest encouraged young people aged 12-25 to reflect creatively on the theme: “everyone counts in the fight against the virus, including refugees”

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, today announced the winners of its first-ever Youth with Refugees Art Contest. More than 2,000 participants from 100 countries submitted drawings and comic strips. One in four participants were themselves refugees or asylum-seekers. Launched in April 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the contest encouraged young…

Source: UN Information Centre in Cairo |

Coronavirus - Africa: One million patients reported as recovered from COVID-19 in WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean Region

Successful treatment of patients requires timely diagnosis and health system capacity to provide treatment, and also protect health care workers and provide sufficient medical supplies

More than one million patients in countries of the Eastern Mediterranean Region have successfully recovered from COVID-19 since the first case was reported on 29 January 2020. “This is a welcome and significantly positive milestone, and reflects the efforts made by countries to protect their populations during these very challenging…

Source: WHO Regional Office for Africa |

Coronavirus - Africa: COVID-19 Situation update for the WHO African Region

South Africa is now the eighth most affected country globally

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak continues to evolve in the WHO African Region since it was first detected in Algeria on 25 February 2020. Since our last External Situation Report 19 issued on 8 July 2020, a total of 108 098 new confirmed COVID-19 cases (a 27% increase) was…

Source: WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean |

Coronavirus - Libya: Regional Director statement for press briefing 16 July 2020

Libya reporting the largest relative increase in deaths

By Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari Dear colleagues, The current situation in the Eastern Mediterranean Region remains alarming. This week, cases increased by 10% from last week, with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Iran, and Iraq reporting almost 70% of all cases. Deaths in the Region also increased by 13%, with…

Source: International Rescue Committee |

Coronavirus - Africa: COVID-19 restrictions preventing people from fleeing violence or forcing dangerous routes, warns International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Migration has dropped by nearly 50 percent across West and Central Africa due to COVID-19 travel restrictions

New data and case studies compiled and analyzed by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) shows COVID-19 is preventing people from fleeing violence or migrating due to COVID-related movement restrictions, and is making routes even more dangerous for those who do flee. COVID-19 is also causing people to return home to…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

Coronavirus - Africa and Middle East: Statement by WHO Regional Director Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari

Increasing numbers of cases are also being reported from Iraq, Libya, Morocco, the occupied Palestinian territory, and Oman

By Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari June 30 marked six months since WHO received the first reports of a cluster of cases of pneumonia of unknown cause in China The six-month mark of the outbreak coincides with reaching 10 million cases and 500,000 deaths world-wide.  Although many countries have made some progress,…

Source: World Health Organization Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean |

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 - Africa: Refugee athletes stay focused on countdown to delayed Olympics

The refugee athletes themselves, are doing their best to stay fit, while complying with lockdown measures across the world

With the Tokyo Olympics delayed until 2021, UN News has spoken to two recipients of Refugee Athlete Scholarships, an initiative of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and UN refugee agency (UNHCR), to find out how COVID-19 lockdown measures are affecting their preparations for the games. Four years ago at the…

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Equatorial Guinea Announces Compliance with OPEC Production Cuts Obligations

Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons, H.E. Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima, also paid tribute to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Algeria for going above and beyond their obligations

Equatorial Guinea has announced that it is fully complying with its production cuts obligations under the record OPEC++ global oil cuts deal reached in April 2020 and which took effect on the 1st of May. While announcing the country’s compliance, Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons, H.E. Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima,…