WHO Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Situation Report 54
- 13 new countries/territories/areas have reported cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.
- The Director-General said yesterday that Europe has now become the epicenter of the pandemic, with more reported cases and deaths than the rest of the world combined, apart from China. Many countries are now acting on the eight pillars of WHO’s Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan. For more details, please see here.
- WHO published guidance on ‘Clinical management of severe acute respiratory infection (SARI) when COVID-19 disease is suspected’ on March 13. The document provides clinicians with updated interim guidance on timely, effective, and safe supportive management of patients with suspected and confirmed COVID-19. For more details, please see here.
China: Very High
Regional Level: Very High
Global Level: Very High
Coronavirus Situation in Numbers
- 142,539 confirmed cases (9,769 new)
- 5,393 deaths (438 new)
- 81,021 confirmed cases (18 new)
- 3,194 deaths (14 new)
Outside of China
- 61,518 confirmed cases (9,751 new)
- 135 countries/territories (13 new)
- 2,199 deaths (424 new)
Countries, territories or areas with reported laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths, March 14, 2020
|Republic of Korea||8086|
|United States of America||1678|
|International (Diamond Princess Cruise Ship)||697|
|United Arab Emirates||85|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||11|
|Republic of Moldova||8|
|Democratic Republic of the Congo||2|
|Antigua and Barbuda||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.