- Africa’s confirmed cases are currently low – around 640 – there is no reason for complacency. Health experts warn that strained public health systems in Africa could become quickly overwhelmed if the virus takes hold. WHO’s recommendation is mass gatherings should be avoided and expect that the worst could happen.
- President Trump Signs Coronavirus Emergency Aid Package – NPR The legislation passed Wednesday provides paid sick and family leave for some for U.S. workers impacted by the illness, expands unemployment assistance, includes nutrition assistance and increases resources for testing. Efforts are already underway to put together a third, larger relief measure that could total $1 trillion.
- Shortages of face masks, swabs and basic supplies pose a new challenge to coronavirus testing – Washington Post local and state officials complain that shortages of everyday supplies are disrupting efforts to sharply ramp up testing, which is key to identifying the spread of disease. The scarcity is hampering both the ability of health-care workers in hospitals to draw samples to send to laboratories and the ability of those laboratories to confirm infection.CDC attempted to address the mask shortage by recommending the use of bandannas, if necessary.
- FDA Focuses on Safety of Regulated Products While Scaling Back Domestic Inspections – FDA Postponing most foreign facility inspections through April,temporarily postponed all domestic routine surveillance facility inspections.
- Global COVID-19 total tops 200,000; WHO unveils massive treatment study – CIDRAP
- China Hits a Coronavirus Milestone: No New Local Infections – NYT The new cases reported on Thursday involved people who had come to China from elsewhere
- Trump Invokes A Cold War Relic, The Defense Production Act, For Coronavirus Shortages – NPR A law dating back to the early years of the Cold War to address serious shortages of supplies needed for responding to the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S.
- How the U.S. can defeat coronavirus: Heed Asia’s lessons from past epidemics – Washington Post Dedicated resources, sophisticated tracking and a responsible population have kept coronavirus infections and deaths in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore relatively low. South Korea, with more deaths, has led the way in widespread testing. Now, after seeing unprecedented increases of imported cases, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore have all moved to implement travel bans, essentially closing their borders to nonresidents or mandating 14-day quarantines, to prevent a new uptick of cases.
Editor’s note: Regarding the case counts below, please consider due to limited testing capabilities in some locations, the real number of cases could be considerably higher.
World Health Organization (WHO)
Total (new) cases in last 24 hours
- Globally: 191 127 confirmed (15 123) 7807 deaths (786)
- Western Pacific Region: 91 845 confirmed (312) 3357 deaths (23)
- European Region: 74 760 confirmed (10 911) 3352 deaths (604)
- South-East Asia Region: 538 confirmed (63) 9 deaths (1)
- Eastern Mediterranean Region: 18 060 confirmed (1552) 1010 deaths (140)
- Regions of the Americas: 4979 confirmed (2243) 68 deaths (18)
- African Region: 233 confirmed (42) 4 deaths (0)
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)
- Confirmed Cases: 19,4909
- Deaths: 7,876
- Cases < 15 Days 89,505
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Total cases: 7,038
- Total deaths: 97
- Jurisdictions reporting cases: 54 (50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and US Virgin Islands)
- Links to individual U.S. State Health Departments
- Washington DC: Two members of House test positive for COVID-19 – NBC News Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., and Ben McAdams, D-Utah, are the first two members of Congress who have said they tested positive for COVID-19.
- Nebraska: Hospital Aimed to Contain the Virus. But it had already spread – NYT Doctors at the University of Nebraska Medical Center treated some of America’s first coronavirus patients. Now the Center is preparing for many.
- Florida: A Deadly Coronavirus Mix in Florida: An Aging Population and Lots of Young Visitors – NYT A quarter of the population is older than 60, Gov. Ron DeSantis has started to control public gatherings. But testing has been slow.
- New Hampshire: 475 people are being monitored and 747 have been tested – Live Science
- Links to individual European Country MOH websites
- Italy: reported 4,207 more cases, along with 475 more deaths – CIDRAP Respective totals to 35,713 and 2,978, according to the health ministry’s latest update.The fatality rate is estimated at 11%, higher than the 1% to 2% reported in neighboring countries.
- Spain: Reports 1,390 new cases – CIDRAP
- France: Reports 1,404 new cases – CIDRAP
- Germany: Reports 1,042 new cases – CIDRAP Chancellor Angela Merkel said the country’s COVID-19 outbreak is its biggest challenge since World War II.
- UK: Reports a total of 2,626 cases – CIDRAP UK’s prime minister announced that schools would close on Mar 20 until further notice.
- Montenegro: Reports first cases in two women who had traveled abroad – CIDRAP
- South Korea MOH Updates
- India: Cautious government involves private sector in treating patients – Economic Times
- Australia has reported about 500 cases, 6 of them fatal – CIDRAP Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison today declared a “human biosecurity emergency” and urged citizens to avoid traveling out of the country. The declaration gives the government extra powers to order lockdowns, curfews, and quarantines. In another new measure, the country banned nonessential indoor gatherings of 100 or more people.
- Colombia: The President yesterday declared a state of emergency and ordered older people to stay in their homes starting Mar 20 and extending until May 31. – CIDRAP People age 70 and older can leave their homes only for food, medications, medical care, and banking. The country has reported 75 cases so far, most of them linked to Europe or United States travel.
- Iran: Reported 1,192 new cases, plus 147 more deaths, raising its respective totals to 17,391 and 533 – CIDRAP
- Iran: Country faces catastrophic death toll from coronavirus – DW Beyond China and Italy, Iran has been hardest hit by COVID-19 — but it could get a whole lot worse, thanks to a lack of international aid, government mismanagement and nobody knowing quite who’s in charge.
- Nigeria: reported 5 more cases, bringing its total to 8, all patients had traveled from the United States or the United Kingdom. – CIDRAP
- African Region: The Africa CDC said the African region now has 529 cases, 13 of them fatal, in 31 countries – CIRAP The total for sub-Saharan Africa, the region reporting the fewest cases, is 233, including 4 deaths.
- Who gets a ventilator? Hospitals facing coronavirus surge are preparing for life-or-death decisions – NBC News
- Can HEPA Air Purifiers Capture the Coronavirus? Yes and No. – NYT
- Modeling study suggests 18 months of COVID-19 social distancing, much disruption – CIDRAP
Science and Tech
- Twitter broadly bans any COVID-19 tweets that could help the virus spread – Tech Crunch
- Advice From France To Avoid Ibuprofen For COVID-19 Leaves Experts Baffled – NPR
- Can an old method help doctors fight COVID-19? – Medical News Today Researchers say that a decades-old approach could help fight SARS-CoV-2 infections. It involves collecting antibodies from the blood of people who have recovered from COVID-19.
- Two Promising SARS-CoV-2 Blocking Compounds Undergo Testing – Genetic Engineering and Biotech News
- SARS‐CoV-2 in COVID-19 patients is likely to infect the brain – AmsterdamResearch.org
- US studies offer clues to COVID-19 swift spread, severity – CIDRAP
- FDA Issues Guidance for Conducting Clinical Trials – FDA
- Paragon Genomics Introduces CleanPlex® SARS-CoV-2 NGS Panel for Research and Surveillance of COVID-19 Coronavirus – BioSpace
- Analysis Shows Potential Targets for Immune Responses to Novel Coronavirus – Drug Topics
- Cannabics Pharmaceuticals offers screening platform to Israeli health authorities for SARS-CoV-2 research – Maryland Daily Record
- A Promising Treatment for Coronavirus Fails – NYT Antiviral drugs that had held promise as a potential treatment for the coronavirus did not work in one of the first major studies in seriously ill patients. [Related NEJM Study]
- International trial seeks robust treatment data – CIDRAP Multiple small trials using different methods may not yield strong evidence needed to reveal which ones can save lives. The WHO has organized a large international study—called the SOLIDARITY trial—to get more robust data.
- QIAGEN launches QIAstat-Dx test kit for detection of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus in Europe following CE marking – Yahoo Finance
- Abbott Nabs Emergency Use Authorization, Launches SARS-CoV-2 Test – 360DX
- The Latest Obstacle to Getting Tested? A Shortage of Swabs and Face Masks – NYT Hospitals and doctors say they are critically low on swabs needed to test patients for the coronavirus, as well as face masks and other gear to protect health care workers. The main manufacturer of the swabs, Copan, is an Italian company whose manufacturing plant is in Northern Italy, a region that has itself been hard hit by the coronavirus outbreak. It says it has ramped up manufacturing to deal with the extraordinary demand for an otherwise unassuming product to which many doctors gave little thought, until now.
- Stanford ramps up coronavirus testing to help other hospitals – Stanford Uninversity
- Oxford University COVID19 test gives results in just half an hour – Science Focus
- A Trial of Lopinavir–Ritonavir in Adults Hospitalized with Severe Covid-19 – NEJM
- [Editorial] SARS-CoV-2 Infection in Children – NEJM
- ACE2 Is the SARS-CoV-2 Receptor Required for Cell Entry – NEJM JournalWatch
Pre-Pub (not yet peer reviewed, should not be regarded as conclusive)
- Estimating the infection and case fatality ratio for COVID-19 using age-adjusted data from the outbreak on the Diamond Princess cruise ship – London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK
- Reinfection could not occur in SARS-CoV-2 infected rhesus macaques – BioRXiv
Infographics for Briefings
- Coronavirus mapped: the latest figures as the outbreak spreads – Financial Times
- Coronavirus: Everything you need to know in a visual explainer (updated daily) – South China Morning Post
- Visualizing the spread of the coronavirus – USA Today
- Economic Impact Infographics – Forbes
Policy & Guidance
- Ford, GM, FCA to shut down plants due to coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak – Detroit News
- The Novelty of the Coronavirus: What it Means for Markets – CFA Institute