Note: There is now a newer Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Situation Report 56.
WHO Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Situation Report 55
- Nine new countries/territories/areas (African Region, European Region, and Region of Americas) in have reported cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.
- A WHO high-level technical mission concluded a visit to Iraq to support the Iraqi Ministry of Health in their COVID-19 prevention and containment measures. WHO is working around the clock to establish 3 negative-pressure [contagious respiratory disease isolation] rooms in Baghdad, Erbil and Basra to accommodate patients who might require more sophisticated medical treatment. For detailed information, please see here.
China: Very High
Regional Level: Very High
Global Level: Very High
Coronavirus Situation in Numbers
- 153,517 confirmed cases (10,982 new)
- 5,735 deaths (343 new)
- 81,048 confirmed cases (27 new)
- 3,204 deaths (10 new)
Outside of China
- 72,469 confirmed cases (10,955 new)
- 143 countries/territories (9 new)
- 2,531 deaths (333 new)
Countries, territories or areas with reported laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths, March 15, 2020
|Republic of Korea||8162|
|United States of America||1678|
|International (Diamond Princess Cruise Ship)||697|
|United Arab Emirates||85|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||18|
|Republic of Moldova||12|
|Democratic Republic of the Congo||2|
|Antigua and Barbuda||1|
|Central African Republic||1|
|Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||1|
|Trinidad and Tobago||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.