Coronavirus COVID-19 Weekly Update 17th August 2020

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Weekly update published on MedShr: 17th August 2020
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Coronavirus COVID-19 Weekly Update 17th August 2020

This update will be published weekly on Mondays and aims to provide clinicians and the public with an overview of the latest data, guidelines, key publications and policy around COVID-19, with links to essential resources and information.

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Global Impact of COVID-19 to Date

As of 17th Aug 12:00 (GMT)

COVID-19 Cumulative Global Cases

As of 17th Aug 09:00 (GMT)

Total UK COVID-19 Cases

As of 17th Aug 09:00 (GMT)

See article below describing new definitition of Covid-19 related deaths in UK
Total UK daily cases over past month

COVID-19 in the African Region

As of 17th Aug 09:00 (GMT)

COVID-19 in the Eastern Mediterranean Region

As of 17th Aug 09:00 (GMT)

Latest Developments:


WHO: COVID-19 response in southern Nigeria boosts surveillance of other diseases

WHO: World Health Organization surge team to arrive in South Africa

BBC: Coronavirus: Ten African innovations to help tackle Covid-19

WHO in the African Region: COVID-19

Eastern Mediterranean

WHO: WHO and Ministry of Health launch second phase of COVID-19 awareness-raising campaign [Iraq]

WHO in the Eastern Mediterranean Region: COVID-19

United Kingdom

BBC News: Coronavirus: England death count review reduces UK toll by 5,000

BMJ: Covid lockdown: England sees fewer cases of colds, flu, and bronchitis

BBC Sounds: Flu Vaccine; Dentistry and Covid; Diagnosing Coeliac disease; NHS preparations for winter

UK Government Advice

Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the UK

Global Health

BMJ: Covid-19: Pre-purchasing vaccine—sensible or selfish?

BMJ: Covid-19: Where are we on immunity and vaccines?

Educational Resources: Controlling the Virus:

WHO: COVID-19 Course Series

"Real-time training during global emergencies is critical for effective preparedness and response. The COVID-19 channel provides learning resources for health professionals, decision-makers and the public for the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19)." (WHO 2020)

Latest COVID-19 Publications and Guidelines:

Management of post-acute covid-19 in primary care

Greenhalgh T, Knight M, A’Court C, Buxton M, Husain L. BMJ 2020; 370 doi: 10.1136/bmj.m3026 (Published 11 August 2020)

Successful Elimination of Covid-19 Transmission in New Zealand

Baker MG, Wilson N, Anglemyer A. Successful Elimination of Covid-19 Transmission in New Zealand [published online ahead of print, 2020 Aug 7]. N Engl J Med. 2020;10.1056/NEJMc2025203. doi: 10.1056/NEJMc2025203

Public Health Emergency COVID-19 Initiative - PubMed Central

An open collection of COVID-19 and coronavirus-related publications, and the available data supporting them, from over 50 publishers to support the ongoing public health emergency response efforts (PMC).

Weekly Update by Dr Ryan Broll, MedShr Open Editorial Team, Medical Education Fellow

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