Data as reported by national authorities by 10 AM CET 15 March 2020
Nine new countries/territories/areas
African Region , European Region  and Region of Americas  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.
SITUATION IN NUMBERS total and new cases in last 24 hours
153 517 confirmed (10 982 new) 5735 deaths (343 new)
China 81 048 confirmed (27 new) 3204 deaths (10 new)
Outside of China 72 469 confirmed (10 955) 2531 deaths (333 new) 143 countries/territories/ areas (09 new)
WHO RISK ASSESSMENT
China Very High Regional Level Very High Global Level Very High
RECOMMENDATIONS AND ADVICE FOR THE PUBLIC
If you are not in an area where COVID-19 is spreading or have not travelled from an area where COVID-19 is spreading or have not been in contact with an infected patient, your risk of infection is low. It is understandable that you may feel anxious about the outbreak. Get the facts from reliable sources to help you accurately determine your risks so that you can take reasonable precautions Seek guidance from WHO, your healthcare provider, your national public health authority or your employer for accurate information on COVID-19 and whether COVID-19 is circulating where you live. It is important to be informed of the situation and take appropriate measures to protect yourself and your family If you are in an area where there are cases of COVID-19 you need to take the risk of infection seriously. Follow the advice of WHO and guidance issued by national and local health authorities. For most people, COVID-19 infection will cause mild illness however, it can make some people very ill and, in some people, it can be fatal. Older people, and those with pre-existing medical conditions (such as cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease or diabetes) are at risk for severe disease
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ALBERT WILLIAMS Reporting
“I always follow official sources”