Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak


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Last updated:  10 November 2020


Since 1 January 2020, the three levels of WHO (China country office, Regional Office for the Western Pacific and headquarters) have been working together to respond to COVID-19.

On 30 January, WHO declared it a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).

Since the beginning of this outbreak, WHO has worked with countries and areas across the Region to share the latest evidence, prepare and implement national response plans.

We have procured and shipped diagnostics and personal protective equipment, deployed experts, coordinated with a wide range of partners, and disseminated information to the public on how to protect themselves and others.

Learn more below about our support to the COVID-19 outbreak response in the Western Pacific Region.


COVID-19 statistics for the Western Pacific

The COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund

How WHO is responding

Analysing the latest science and increasing understanding of the disease

WHO is constantly analysing data as we receive it and working closely with global experts and scientists on a range of topics. WHO is proposing specific studies to better understand transmission, risk factors, and the source of infection.

Coordinating with partners

WHO is working with our network of partners including other UN and development agencies, Emergency Medical Teams, the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) and donor agencies.

Communicating with the public

Providing timely information on the disease and advice for the public on how to protect themselves and others, especially the vulnerable and those at highest risk.

Helping countries prepare

WHO is working closely with countries to help them prepare for the rapid detection and response to cases, clusters and community transmission including sending supplies, providing technical expertise and training.

Providing updates on the situation

Providing updated information through the International Health Regulations (2005), daily situation reports and dashboards displaying real-time data.