Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC)
Weekly Epidemiological and Operational updates
Confirmed cases :: 34 495 176 [week ago: 32 429 965]
Confirmed deaths :: 1 025 729 [week ago: 985 823]
Weekly Epidemiological Update
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
28 September 2020
Global epidemiological situation
To date, over 32.7 million COVID-19 cases and 991 000 deaths have been reported to WHO. During the week of 21–27 September, there were more than 2 million new cases and 36 000 new deaths reported, which is similar to the numbers reported the previous week. Cumulative deaths are expected to exceed one million in the coming week.
The Region of the Americas continues to carry the highest incidence of COVID-19 globally (Table 1), reporting similar numbers of new cases and deaths as the previous week. The Region accounts for 38% of all new cases and 52% of all new deaths reported in the past seven days. The Eastern Mediterranean Region showed the greatest increase (9%) in cases in the past week, while the European Region reported a substantial rise in deaths, with a 9% increase compared to the previous week. The WHO African, Western Pacific and South-East Asia Regions reported decreases in the new case and deaths over the past week…
Key weekly updates
:: COVID-19: Nearly 33 million cases and one million deaths in 9 months. As Dr Mike Ryan, Executive Director of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme said at the press conference on Friday 25 September, “the realities of getting a vaccine out there in the next nine months is a big task for everyone involved. There is a lot that can be done to save lives, both in terms of disease control, existing life-saving measures and the innovations that are coming down the pipe. Are we willing to make the investments now that are needed in the ACT Accelerator, especially in COVAX?”
:: A total of 67 higher income economies have joined the COVAX Facility, with another 34 expected to sign, joining 92 low- and middle-income economies eligible for support for the procurement of vaccines. However, so far only a tenth of the $35 billion needed for scale-up and impact have been received, a small investment considering that the global economy is expected to contract by trillions of US dollars this year alone. WHO’s aim is to have two billion doses of vaccine available by the end of 2021.
:: A new report from Every Woman Every Child, “Protect the Progress: Rise, Refocus, Recover, 2020” warns that the COVID-19 crisis is exacerbating existing inequities, with reported disruptions in essential health interventions disproportionately impacting the most vulnerable women and children. “There is no doubt that the pandemic has set back global efforts to improve the health and well-being of women and children, but that should only serve to strengthen our resolve,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General.
:: WHO has released a video series, Science in 5, in which experts explain the science about specific issues related to COVID-19. So far five episodes have been released on subjects including herd immunity, SARS-CoV2, myths vs science, and reopening schools. Watch these short videos on WHO’s YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn accounts or listen to the podcasts.
:: On 23 September, WHO together with the UN, specialised agencies and partners called on countries to develop and implement action plans to promote the timely dissemination of science-based information and prevent the spread of false information while respecting freedom of expression.
:: WHO has published the Emergency Global Supply Chain System (COVID-19) catalogue, which lists all medical devices, including personal protective equipment, medical equipment, medical consumables, single use devices, laboratory and test-related devices that may be requested through the COVID-19 Supply Portal.