Update on COVID-19

Update on COVID-19

* Update valid as of 2nd April 2020

Gibraltar’s first death  from suspected COVID-19 occurred in the early hours of this morning; more information here.

The number of COVID-19 known cases has surpassed 1 million globally. No new areas have reported cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.

A WHO scientific brief on the off-label use of medicines for COVID-19 suggests a number of medicines as potential investigational therapies, many of which are now being or will soon be studied in clinical trials.                 

WHO has released a Medical Product Alert that warns consumers, healthcare professionals, and health authorities against a growing number of falsified medical products that claim to prevent, detect, treat or cure COVID-19. WHO has updated the operational planning guidelines to help countries maintain essential health services during the COVID-19 pandemic and continues to recommend that everyone performs hand hygiene frequently, follows respiratory etiquette recommendations and regularly clean and disinfect surfaces.The use of medical masks and respirators are for circumstances and settings where aerosol generating procedures are performed. More information can be found here.

OpenWHO first sign language resource is an introductory video on COVID-19 in Indian sign language. Courses in additional languages are also available.

Read here for WHO’s strategic objectives. 

If you live in Spain and want to further information on COVID-19, see Junta de Andalucia

SITUATION IN NUMBERS

Gibraltar Data
  • Total tested: 1136
  • Results received: 708
  • Results pending: 428
  • Confirmed Cases: 95
  • Recovered Cases: 46
  • Active Cases :49
Global Data

Total (new) cases in last 24 hours

  • 896 450 confirmed (72 839)

  • 45 526 deaths (4924)

Western Pacific Region

  • 107 626 confirmed (1204)
  • 3723 deaths (22)

European Region

  • 503 006 confirmed (38809)
  • 33 604 deaths (3515)

South-East Asia Region

  • 5324 confirmed (149)
  • 216 deaths (21)

Eastern Mediterranean Region

  • 58 168 confirmed (3887)
  • 3280 deaths (165)

Region of the Americas

  • 216 912 confirmed (28161)
  • 4565 deaths (1165)

African Region

  • 4702 confirmed (629)
  • 127 deaths (36)
WHO RISK ASSESSMENT

Global Level Very High

Public Health England (PHE) Guidance on Diagnosis and Analysis

Scientists at Public Health England (PHE) are supporting the scientific community as it traces the source of the virus, how it has developed and interventions to help treat it.  The UK was one of the first countries outside China to have an assured testing capability for the novel coronavirus. Public Health England (PHE) has since rapidly developed further specific tests in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO) and a global network of laboratories.

Healthcare professionals who require patient samples to be tested  are advised to submit them to directly to PHE, with individuals being treated in isolation. If and when a clinician suspects novel coronavirus (COVID-19), they take samples from the nose, throat and deeper respiratory samples and send them safely to PHE Colindale. PHE can provide a laboratory result from this specific virus on the same working day.