The coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has compelled the national public health authorities to formulate an outbreak response and even take stringent measures to reduce the rate of transmission of the disease. In the Eastern Mediterranean region, a cumulative total of more than 23 million cases and 0.35 million deaths has been reported since the start of the outbreak. In order to flatten the curve of the disease in the Eastern Mediterranean region, the onus is on the national leaders, public health authorities, other stakeholders, and the community. In conclusion, the Eastern Mediterranean region has to up-scale its preparedness and formulate a comprehensive action plan and all this has to happen in an accelerated manner. We have to realize that our window of opportunity is closing very fast and if we don't act now, our health facilities will be overwhelmed and we have to pay the price for the infection in the form of loss of lives of our near and dear ones.
Ward MP, Li X, Tian K. Novel coronavirus 2019, an emerging public health emergency. Transbound Emerg Dis 2020;67(2):469–470. DOI: 10.1111/tbed.13509.
World Health Organization. Weekly epidemiological update on COVID-19 – 16 March 2023;1–19. Available from: https://www.who.int/publications/m/item/weekly-epidemiological-update-on-covid-19---16-03-2023.
World Health Organization – Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean. COVID-19 situation in the Region – total reports. Situation as of 14 March 2023; 2023. Available from: https://www.emro.who.int/health-topics/corona-virus/index.html [Last accessed on 2023 Mar 18].
World Health Organization. 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV): Strategic preparedness and response plan. Geneva: WHO press; 2020. pp. 1–3.
Shrivastava SR, Shrivastava PS. Minimizing the risk of international spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak by targeting travelers. J Acute Dis 2020;9(2):47–48. DOI: 10.4103/2221-6189.278654.
Al Nsour M, Bashier H, Al Serouri A, Malik E, Khader Y, Saeed K, et al. The role of the global health development/eastern mediterranean public health network and the eastern mediterranean field epidemiology training programs in preparedness for COVID-19. JMIR Public Health Surveill 2020;6(1):e18503. DOI: 10.2196/18503.
Abdi M. Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak in Iran; actions and problems. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2020;41(6):754–755. DOI: 10.1017/ice.2020.86.