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WHO RECORDS OVER 15 MILLION CASES OF COVID-19 – As UN announces Virtual UNGA at the next Session

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The best way to suppress transmission and save lives is by engaging individuals and communities to manage their own risk and take evidence-based decisions to protect their own health and that of those around them. More than 15 million cases of COVID-19 have now been reported to WHO, One of the tools governments can use is the law – not to coerce, but to protect health while protecting human rights. Minimize exposure Young people enjoined to start a global movement for health World leaders to stay in their countries for UN General Assembly meeting in September More than 15 million cases of COVID-19 have now been reported to WHO, and almost 620 thousand deaths. Although all countries have been affected, we continue to see intense transmission in a relatively small group of countries. Almost 10 million cases, or two-thirds of all cases globally, are from 10 countries, and almost half of all cases reported so far are from just three countries. This revelation came just as the United Nations  announced that the next Session of the UN General Assembly will be held as the first Virtual meeting in the history of the global body. The UN spokesman who disclosed this arrangement today said ‘’the General Debate of the General Assembly  traditionally the most high-profile UN event of the year, will be a slimmed-down affair this September, with world leaders staying away from New York, and contributing set-piece speeches via video link. The WHO DG at the media briefing today said: As we have said previously, political leadership and community engagement are the two vital pillars of the response. One of the tools governments can use is the law – not to coerce, but to protect health while protecting human rights. Yesterday,  WHO, the United Nations Development Programme and Georgetown University launched the COVID-19 Law Lab, a database of laws that countries have implemented in response to the pandemic. It includes state of emergency declarations, quarantine measures, disease surveillance, legal measures relating to mask-wearing, physical distancing, and access to medication and vaccines. Well-designed laws can help to build strong health systems; evaluate and approve safe and effective drugs and vaccines; and enforce actions to create healthier and safer public spaces and workplaces. However, laws that are poorly designed, implemented or enforced can harm marginalized populations, entrench stigma and discrimination, and hinder efforts to end the pandemic. The database will continue to…

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