With 118,000+ Coronavirus cases across 114 countries, and with 4,291 deaths, on March 11, the WHO declared the Coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. Since the outbreak began, International Medical Corps has been collaborating closely to support global Coronavirus response efforts in the US and around the world. We have issued critical disease-control information to the 7,000 staff in the 30 countries where we operate, as we scale infection prevention and control activities to areas most in need.
As of March 11, there are more than 118,000 Coronavirus cases across 114 countries, with numbers rising each day. With rapid transmission, rising caseloads, and increased global impact, the WHO has declared the Coronavirus outbreak as a pandemic. With 4,291 deaths as of March 11, early fatality rates are estimated at more than 3%. Preventing the spread of the virus, access to medical supplies, and treatment are among the most critical concerns.
International Medical Corps is supporting a global response, remaining flexible to address needs around the world and in the US. Our teams are focused on reaching hot-spot areas and/or low-resource settings that are at risk across the 30 countries we work in. Our teams are focused on: infection prevention and control training to protect health workers; deploying medical supplies; setting up triage and screening stations; community outreach; and deploying an Epidemic Response Team if requested.
Infectious disease prevention and elimination is core to our work - responding to the 2014-2016 West Africa Ebola outbreak and ongoing DRC Ebola outbreak, Malaria outbreak in Burundi, Cholera outbreak in Yemen, among many more. Like in other disease responses, International Medical Corps has designed an approach that aims to not only provide immediate relief, but also build the capacity of vulnerable health systems to respond to future outbreaks through equipping local health workers.