Note: There is now a newer Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Situation Report 61.
WHO Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Situation Report 60
- Six new countries/territories/areas (African Region (2), and Region of the Americas (2), and Western Pacific Region (2)) have reported cases of COVID-19.
- To increase access to reliable information, WHO has partnered with WhatsApp and Facebook to launch a WHO Health Alert messaging service. This service will provide the latest news and information on COVID-19, including details on symptoms and how people can protect themselves. The Health Alert service is now available in English and will be introduced in other languages next week. To access it, send the word “hi” to the following number on WhatsApp:+41798 931 892.
- The first vaccine trial has begun just 60 days after the genetic sequence of the virus was shared by China. This is an incredible achievement. To ensure clear evidence of which treatments are most effective, WHO and its partners are organizing a large international study, called the Solidarity Trial, in many countries to compare different treatments.
- WHO and Global Citizen launched #TogetherAtHome, a virtual, no-contact concert series to promote physical distancing and action for global health. Chris Martin, lead singer of Coldplay, kicked it off earlier this week with a performance from his home. More Solidarity Sessions are planned to promote health, show support for people who are staying at home to protect themselves and others from COVID-19, and encourage donations to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.
Global Level: Very High
Coronavirus Situation in Numbers
- 234,073 confirmed cases (24,247 new)
- 9,840 deaths (1,061 new)
Western Pacific Region
- 93,349 confirmed cases (1,016 new)
- 3,405 deaths (28 new)
- 104,591 confirmed cases (17,506 new)
- 4,899 deaths (816 new)
- 918 confirmed cases (261 new)
- 31 deaths (8 new)
Eastern Mediterranean Region
- 20,759 confirmed cases (1,254 new)
- 1,312 deaths (151 new)
Regions of the Americas
- 13,271 confirmed cases (4,104 new)
- 178 deaths (57 new)
- 473 confirmed cases (106 new)
- 8 deaths (1 new)
Countries, territories or areas with reported laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths, March 20, 2020
|United States of America||10442|
|Republic of Korea||8652|
|International (Diamond Princess Cruise Ship)||712|
|United Arab Emirates||140|
|Republic of Moldova||49|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||44|
|Democratic Republic of the Congo||14|
|Trinidad and Tobago||9|
|United Republic of Tanzania||6|
|Antigua and Barbuda||1|
|Central African Republic||1|
|Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||1|
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.