The COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose a serious threat to global health, and it will continue to do so for a long time to come, according to a statement issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) on August 1 at its fourth meeting.
“After extensive discussion and review of scientific evidence, the committee unanimously concluded that the outbreak continues to constitute a public health emergency,” the statement said.
The committee made a number of recommendations to both WHO and States Parties. It recommended continuing to work to mobilize collaborative efforts to prepare for COVID-19 outbreaks worldwide, support countries in the area of public health, accelerate research and improve access to diagnostics, drugs and vaccines as they become available.
The Committee also recommended that countries strengthen the capacity of sanitary-epidemiological surveillance authorities to identify and track contact persons, including in low-resource settings, in unstable areas or areas at high epidemic risk, and to take measures to ensure the continued provision of adequate levels of health care to the population.
With regard to the imposition of restrictive measures on international citizen travel, countries are encouraged to introduce such measures based on a review of their feasibility.
WHO recorded a maximum increase of over 292,527 coronavirus infections in one day on July,31 .
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, 17 909 054 people have been infected worldwide, 11 266 580 of whom have recovered and 685 928 have died, according to the Worldometer statistics website.