Coronavirus COVID-19 Weekly Update 31st August 2020

Coronavirus COVID-19 Weekly Update 31st August 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

As of 31st Aug 09:00 (GMT)

COVID-19 Cumulative Global Cases

As of 31st Aug 09:00 (GMT)

Total UK COVID-19 Cases

As of 31st Aug 09:00 (GMT) - Data for 24 hour period on 30-08-20

Total UK daily cases over past month (updated 21-09-20)

COVID-19 in the African Region

As of 31st Aug 09:00 (GMT) - Data for 24 hour period on 30-08-20

COVID-19 in the Eastern Mediterranean Region

As of 31st Aug 09:00 (GMT) - Data for 24 hour period on 30-08-20

Latest Developments:

WHO Weekly Situational Reports: Epidemiological and Operational


WHO: Enhancing capacity for laboratory diagnosis for COVID-19 at Beitbridge District Hospital

WHO in the African Region: COVID-19

Eastern Mediterranean

Extract from WHO Epidemiological Briefing 24th August 2020:

"Following the explosion in Beirut, Lebanon on 4 August , health care capacity in the area has diminished while COVID-19 cases countinue to rise. As a result of the increase in cases, the Ministry of Public Health has established testing sites for residents and volunteers in the areas most affected by the blast. In addition, several health facilities are being restored and health supplies, including personal protective equipments, have been received."

WHO: Iraq: WHO supports COVID-19 awareness-raising campaign in the Kurdistan region

WHO in the Eastern Mediterranean Region: COVID-19

United Kingdom

BBC: Coronavirus: Is it time to move on and get back to normal life?

UK Government Advice

Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the UK

Global Health

WHO: Indonesia: Digitizing COVID-19 risk communication for hard-to-reach communities

WHO: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic

United Nations: COVID-19 Response

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

Join the World Health Organization's #WearAMask Challenge

Educational Content: 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:

BMJ: Covid-19: Should doctors recommend treatments and vaccines when full data are not publicly available?

BMJ 2020; 370 doi: (Published 24 August 2020)

NEJM: Covid-19 and Immunity in Aging Populations — A New Research Agenda

N Engl J Med 2020; 383:804-805. DOI: (Published August 27, 2020)

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).

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


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