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WHO launched a checklist to support prison administrators and policy-makersfor rapid and effective response to COVID-19.

WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, referring to the fact that crises can exacerbate existing inequalities, reiteratedthat ‘We cannot end the pandemic until we address the inequalities that are fueling it.’He also highlighted six criteria that WHO recommends countries should take into account when considering the easing of lockdown restrictions.

The WHO Regional Director for the Americas, Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, warned that reducing social distancing measures “too soon could accelerate the spread of the virus and open the door for a dramatic upsurge or for spread to adjacent areas”.

WHO Regional Directorfor South-East Asia, saidthat ‘Effective infection prevention and control measures, including hand hygiene, are crucial to ensuring health facilities do not become hubs of COVID-19 transmission’.

WHO has delivered additional medicines to the Islamic Republic of Iran as part of the Solidarity Trial, a global effortto find an effective treatment for COVID-19.

As Yemen confirms its first cases of COVID-19, WHO’s Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean issued a statement, stressing that collective action and commitment is the only way to mitigate the pandemic. “As long as even one case is unidentified and not properly treated, isolated and contacts traced, COVID-19 will continue to pose a significant threat to the Yemeni people and the country’s struggling health system”.

The Director General Dr. Tedros, in his regular media briefing said that, with the signing of the agreement, “We are deepening our relationship with the European Union”. He also reminded all that the European Commission will host a pledging conference on 4 May to raise funds for investment in vaccine research.

Two new Member States (Comoros and Tajikistan) reported cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.

WHO reminds health authorities to take specific steps to protect health care workers and communities during essential immunization activities during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Globally, the number of total confirmed cases has exceeded 3 million.

Region of the Americas: 1.213.088 confirmed (33.481 new cases in last 24 hours ) 62.404 deaths (2193 new cases in last 24 hours ). 

WHO has called on countries to ensure that usual immunization is maintained wherever possible and surveillance for vaccine-preventable diseases is not disrupted during the ongoing pandemic.

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