SITUATION IN NUMBERS total (new) cases in last 24 hours 

(last updated 10:00 AM CET 8/6/2020)


Globally 18,614,177 cases (259,344)

702,642 deaths (6,488)

Africa 848,053 cases (13,906)

15,252 deaths (502)

Americas 9,981,204 cases (139,362)

372,008 deaths (4,074)

Eastern Mediterranean 1,598,640 cases (13,182)

42,052 deaths (451)

Europe 3,477,225 cases (25,178)

215,168 deaths (430)

South-East Asia 2,360,721 cases (61,288)

49,572 deaths (1,003)

Western Pacific 347,593 cases (6,428)

8,577 deaths (28)


    • The WHO Regional Office for the Americas has issued a warning against the use of chlorine
      products as treatment for COVID-19. WHO recommends that people avoid consuming products
      containing chlorine dioxide or related substances (sodium hypochlorite, bleach, etc.) and that
      all marketing of such products for therapeutic purposes be reported to the authorities.
    • The South African COVID-19 response is being bolstered by a surge team of health experts
      from WHO. The surge team will be jointly led by Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director
      for Africa and Dr Michael Ryan, Executive Director of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme.
      Forty-three experts from various fields will be deployed to support the COVID-19 outbreak
      response management.
    • The WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia has urged countries in the region to maintain
      essential healthcare and accelerate the resumption of services that have been disrupted, by the
      pandemic, as an integral part of the COVID-19 response. Since the outbreak of COVID-19,
      repurposing of health workers, cancellation of elective care, closure of outpatient services,
      insufficient personal protective equipment, and changes in treatment policy have significantly
      impacted the delivery of essential services.
    • Today’s ‘Subject in Focus’ provides an overview of discussions on the Global Multidisciplinalry
      Discussion on SARS-CoV-2 Modes of Transmission.