Coronavirus COVID-19 Weekly Update 12th October 2020

Coronavirus COVID-19 Weekly Update 12th October 2020

This update will be published weekly at 12pm GMT 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

WHO official data, reported on 11th Oct 2020

COVID-19 Cumulative Global Cases

WHO official data, reported on 11th Oct 2020

Total UK COVID-19 Cases

As of 12th Oct 09:00 (GMT) - Data for 24 hour period, reported on 11-10-20

Total UK daily cases over past month

Source: Public Health England


Public Health England: "An issue was identified overnight on Friday 2 October in the automated process that transfers positive cases data to PHE. It has now been resolved. The cases by publish date for 3 and 4 October include 15,841 additional cases with specimen dates between 25 September and 2 October — they are therefore artificially high for England and the UK." The above image charting the trend in new cases over the past month only includes positive test results recorded daily, not the additional positive cases included in the published daily case number for 3rd and 4th October; for the cumulative case number including this data please see Public Health England.

COVID-19 in the African Region

As of 12th Oct 09:00 (GMT) - Data for 24 hour period, reported on 11-10-20

COVID-19 in the Eastern Mediterranean Region

As of 12th Oct 09:00 (GMT) - Data for 24 hour period, reported on 11-10-20

Latest Developments in the News:

WHO Weekly Situational Reports: Epidemiological and Operational


Africa

WHO: COVID-19 halting crucial mental health services in Africa, WHO survey

WHO: Coping with mental health impact of COVID-19

MSF: Kenya - COVID-19 further fuels mental health crisis in Dadaab as durable solutions falter

WHO: Strengthening Contact Tracing for COVID-19 in Greater Accra Region

WHO: UK Gives £1.3 Million to Fight COVID-19 in Uganda

BBC: Africa 'needs $1.2tn' to recover coronavirus losses

BBC: Coronavirus in Africa tracker

WHO in the African Region: COVID-19


Eastern Mediterranean

WHO: Virtual 67th session of the WHO Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean

WHO: UN agencies launch “Learning is Back”, a song on return to learning in the Middle East and North Africa

BBC: Coronavirus: Iran sets new record for deaths amid 'third wave'

BBC: Gazans struggle with pandemic and blockade

WHO in the Eastern Mediterranean Region: COVID-19


United Kingdom

BMJ: Covid-19: Only half of 16 000 patients missed from England’s official figures have been contacted

BBC: Covid: What is the risk of the NHS being overwhelmed?

BBC: Local lockdown rules: Check Covid restrictions in your area

UK Government Advice

Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the UK


Global Health

Nature: Crowding and the shape of COVID-19 epidemics

BBC: Covid virus ‘survives for 28 days’ in lab conditions

BBC: Covid: Brazil's coronavirus death toll passes 150,000

BBC: Covid-19: Qingdao to test nine million for coronavirus in five days

BBC: Covid: India's coronavirus outbreak in 200 seconds [Video]

BBC: Covid across Europe: As UK prepares for new lockdowns, Europe too is struggling

MSF: MSF supports India and South Africa ask to waive COVID-19 patent rights

BBC: Covid-19 pandemic: Tracking the global coronavirus outbreak

WHO: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic

United Nations: COVID-19 Response

Johns Hopkins University & Medicine: Coronavirus Resource Center

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

Médecins Sans Frontières


Educational Content:


WHO: COVID-19 Course Series

© 2020 World Health Organization (source: https://openwho.org/)

"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:

A selection of recent publications and useful clinical guidance from high impact journals:


Editorials, Research Articles and Commentary:

NEJM: Remdesivir for the Treatment of Covid-19 — Final Report

Beigel JH, Tomashek KM, Dodd LE, et al. Remdesivir for the Treatment of Covid-19 - Final Report [published online ahead of print, 2020 Oct 8]. N Engl J Med. 2020;NEJMoa2007764. doi:10.1056/NEJMoa2007764

BMJ: Covid-19: how to prioritize worse-off populations in allocating safe and effective vaccines

Schmidt H, Pathak P, Sönmez T, Ünver MU. Covid-19: how to prioritize worse-off populations in allocating safe and effective vaccines BMJ 2020; 371 :m3795

BMJ: Effect of school closures on mortality from coronavirus disease 2019: old and new predictions

Rice K, Wynne B, Martin V, Ackland GJ. Effect of school closures on mortality from coronavirus disease 2019: old and new predictions BMJ 2020; 371 :m3588

The Lancet: Clinical impact of molecular point-of-care testing for suspected COVID-19 in hospital (COV-19POC): a prospective, interventional, non-randomised, controlled study

NJ Brendish, S Poole, VV Naidu, et al. Clinical impact of molecular point-of-care testing for suspected COVID-19 in hospital (COV-19POC): a prospective, interventional, non-randomised, controlled study. Lancet Respir Med (2020) published online Oct 8, 2020.

JAMA: Use and Content of Primary Care Office-Based vs Telemedicine Care Visits During the COVID-19 Pandemic in the US

Alexander GC, Tajanlangit M, Heyward J, Mansour O, Qato DM, Stafford RS. Use and Content of Primary Care Office-Based vs Telemedicine Care Visits During the COVID-19 Pandemic in the US. JAMA Netw Open. 2020;3(10):e2021476. Published 2020 Oct 1. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.21476

Nature: SARS-CoV-2 vaccines in development

Krammer, F. SARS-CoV-2 vaccines in development. Nature 2020 Sep 23. doi: 10.1038/s41586-020-2798-3. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32967006.


Wiley Public Health Emergency COVID-19 Initiative

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).

Other Useful Resources:

Intensive Care Society (UK) Covid-19 Resource Hub

The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust COVID-19 Bulletins - A weekly bulletin detailing the "latest guidelines, research and reports relating to COVID-19"

NHS England: Coronavirus guidance for clinicians and NHS managers

CDC: COVID-19 Science Updates


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

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