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EPI UPDATES from Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security: March 13, 2020

The WHO COVID-19 Situation Report shows a total of 125,048 confirmed cases (4,613 deaths) worldwide.

There have been 6,729 new cases in the past 24 hours.

French Polynesia, Turkey, Honduras, and Cote d’Ivoire have all reported their first COVID-19 cases in the last day.

The Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) dashboard is reporting 137,066 cases and 3,337 total deaths as of noon today.

Iran’s Ministry of Health reported 1,289 new cases of COVID-19 and 85 new deaths, bringing the total there to 11,364 cases and 514 deaths.

The Italian Ministry of Health reported a total of 12,839 cases and 1,016 deaths.

The Singapore Ministry of Health reported 200 total cases, of which 103 are currently hospitalized and 11 are in critical condition.

Spain reported a total of 4,209 cases and 120 deaths.

The US CDC reported a total of 1,215 cases and 36 deaths across 42 states and Washington, DC. Of those cases, 125 are travel-related, 102 are close contacts of known cases, and 988 are still under investigation.

WHO SitRep, 3/11/20 fore COVID 19


total and new cases in last 24 hours

Globally  118 322 confirmed (4623 new)       4292 deaths (280 new)

China 80 955 confirmed (31 new)    3162 deaths (22 new)

Outside of China 37 367 confirmed (4592 new)    1130 deaths (258 new)      113 countries/territories/                areas (4 new)


China Very High

Regional Level Very High

Global Level Very High


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The latest from the NY Times: Here’s what you need to know about COVID-19

Here’s what you need to know :

Coronavirus: A pandemic or not?

“………….The WHO says that since there’s still uncertainty about the disease’s impact, most countries still have only a few cases, and containment is not yet hopeless, the word “pandemic” isn’t appropriate yet. But many observers have disagreed with the WHO’s decision……… The World Health Organization defines an epidemic as “the occurrence in a community or region of cases of an illness … clearly in excess of normal expectancy.” The CDC defines it as “an increase, often sudden, in the number of cases of a disease above what is normally expected” in a region.……

According to A Dictionary of Epidemiology, the standard reference for epidemiologists, a pandemic is “an epidemic occurring worldwide, or over a very wide area, crossing international boundaries and usually affecting a large number of people.”

A “pandemic” disease sounds much scarier than a mere “outbreak.” But it’s important to remember that “pandemic” refers to how many parts of the world are dealing with an elevated rate of the disease — and, in theory, says nothing about how serious the disease is………”

Coronavirus has been swift and ferocious in Italy. In less than 20 days, the number of confirmed cases has skyrocketed to more than 9,000 while the number of deaths has surpassed 450

“…….People throughout the country of 60 million should not travel other than for work or emergencies, Conte said. He added that all public gatherings will be banned and sporting events suspended. The decision was made to protect the most vulnerable people in the country, he said, and the measures will take effect Tuesday and last until April 3….”

China recorded just 19 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday

“………While more than 3,000 people in China have died from the disease since it emerged in Wuhan in December, almost three-fourths of China’s more than 80,000 patients have recovered. Meanwhile, 14 makeshift hospitals constructed in Wuhan to care for the sick have been closed and public places closed for weeks amid the outbreak will reopen once they have been disinfected. …..”

COVID-19 reached a global milestone, topping 100,000 cases across more than 100 countries over this weekend

“….Italy is imposing an extraordinary lockdown on about a quarter of its population and restricting public activities throughout the entire country.

The quarantine includes the cities of Milan and Venice, as well as the entire northern region of Lombardy, Italy’s financial heart. It affects more than 16 million people in coronavirus hotbed areas and is scheduled to remain in effect until at least April 3.

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced the move after confirmed cases in Italy spiked over the weekend. By Sunday more than 7,300 people had been sickened and 366 had died — an uptick of 133 dead from the day before….”


World health officials say the mortality rate for COVID-19 is 3.4% globally, higher than previous estimates of about 2%.

‘…..“Globally, about 3.4% of reported COVID-19 cases have died,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a press briefing at the agency’s headquarters in Geneva. In comparison, seasonal flu generally kills far fewer than 1% of those infected, he said……’


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