Note: There is now a newer Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Situation Report 45.
WHO Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Situation Report 44
- Four new Member States (Argentina, Chile, Poland, and Ukraine) have reported cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.
- The WHO Prequalification Team announced that the Emergency Use Listing (EUL) is now open to candidate in-vitro diagnostic (IVD) laboratory tests to detect COVID-19 virus. The EUL procedure is developed to expedite the availability of IVDs needed in public health emergency situations. Manufacturers are invited to submit an Expression of Interest. Further information can be found here.
- Disruptions to the global supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) are leaving healthcare workers ill-equipped to care for patients. WHO is working with governments, industry and the Pandemic Supply Chain Network to boost production and secure allocations for critically affected and at-risk countries. More information can be found here.
- The COVID-19 Operational Planning Guidelines and COVID-19 Partners Platform to support country preparedness and response course in English has been added to OpenWHO. Please see all COVID-19 courses on OpenWHO here.
China: Very High
Regional Level: Very High
Global Level: Very High
Coronavirus Situation in Numbers
- 93090 confirmed cases (2223 new)
- 80422 confirmed cases (120 new)
- 2984 deaths (38 new)
Outside of China
- 12668 confirmed cases (2103 new)
- 76 countries (4 new)
- 214 deaths (48 new)
Countries, territories or areas with reported laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths, March 4, 2020
|Republic of Korea||5328|
|International (Cruise Ship in Japan)||706|
|United States of America||108|
|United Arab Emirates||27|
Recommendations and Advice for the Public
If you are not in an area where COVID-19 is spreading, or if you have not traveled from one of those areas or have not been in close contact with someone who has and is feeling unwell, your chances of getting it are currently low. However, it’s understandable that you may feel stressed and anxious about the situation. It’s a good idea to get the facts to help you accurately determine your risks so that you can take reasonable precautions.
Your healthcare provider, your national public health authority and your employer are all potential sources of accurate information on COVID-19 and whether it is in your area. It is important to be informed of the situation where you live and take appropriate measures to protect yourself.
If you are in an area where there is an outbreak of COVID-19 you need to take the risk of infection seriously. Follow the advice issued by national and local health authorities. Although for most people COVID-19 causes only mild illness, it can make some people very ill. More rarely, the disease can be fatal. Older people, and those with pre-existing medical conditions (such as high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes) appear to be more vulnerable.