COVID-19 Daily Updates – March 23 2020

Three new countries/territories/areas from the African Region [1], Region of
the Americas [1], and Eastern Mediterranean Region [1], have reported cases
of COVID-19.

The number of COVID-19 cases surpassed 300,000 globally.

Data reported are based on information received from national authorities by
10:00 AM CET, 23 March 2020.

Diagnostic testing for COVID-19 is critical to tracking the virus, understanding
epidemiology, informing case management, and to suppressing transmission.
WHO has updated the Laboratory Testing Strategy document according to the
4Cs transmission scenarios. All technical guidance can be found here.

WHO Regional Office for Europe has published interim guidance on how to
deal with COVID-19 in prisons and other places of detention, available here.

World Water Day 2020, celebrated on 22 March, highlighted the essential role
of hand washing in hygiene to protect you and those around you. WHO
Regional Office for Europe provides more information here.

Total (new) cases in last 24 hours

Globally
332 930 confirmed (40 788)
14 510 deaths (1727)

Western Pacific Region
95 637 confirmed (850)
3473 deaths (35)

European Region
171 424 confirmed (20 131)
8743 deaths (1318)

South-East Asia Region
1776 confirmed (519)
58 deaths (13)

Eastern Mediterranean Region
25 375 confirmed (1706)
1741 deaths (145)

Region of the Americas
37 016 confirmed (17 331)
465 deaths (213)

African Region
990 confirmed (251)
23 deaths (3)

Original Source: World Health Organization