COVID-19 Daily Updates – March 20 2020

Six new countries/territories/areas (African Region [2], and Region of the
Americas [2], and Western Pacific Region [2]) have reported cases of COVID19.

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: +41
798 931 892.

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.

Total (new) cases in last 24 hours

234 073 confirmed (24 247)
9840 deaths (1061)

Western Pacific Region
93 349 confirmed (1016)
3405 deaths (28)

European Region
104 591 confirmed (17 506)
4899 deaths (816)

South-East Asia Region
918 confirmed (261)
31 deaths (8)

Eastern Mediterranean Region
20 759 confirmed (1254)
1312 deaths (151)

Region of the Americas
13 271 confirmed (4104)
178 deaths (57)

African Region
473 confirmed (106)
8 deaths (1)

Original Source: World Health Organization