Outbreak Brief 19: COVID-19 Pandemic – 26 May 2020

Since the last brief (19 May 2020), 686,640 new confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases and 27,174 new deaths have been reported globally. To date, a total of 5,308,641 COVID-19 cases and 342,151 (CFR: 6.5%) related deaths have been reported worldwide. Worldwide, a total of 215 countries and territories have reported COVID-19 cases. No new country or territory is reporting cases for the first time and two new countries (Central African Republic, Mozambique) and one territory (Reunion) are reporting deaths for the first time this week. The distribution of cumulative cases (proportion of global cases %) from the WHO reporting regions (excluding Africa) are as follows: Eastern Mediterranean Region 394,318(7%), European Region 2,025,176 (38%), Region of the Americas 2,395,295 (45%), South-East Asia Region 201,207 (4%) and Western Pacific Region 175,260 (3%). For more detailed information on cases and deaths being reported outside of Africa, refer to the WHO daily situation reports2.

As of 9 am EAT 26 May 2020, a total of 115,346 COVID-19 cases and 3,471 (CFR: 3%) deaths have been reported in 54 African countries. This is about 2% of all cases reported globally. Since the last brief (19 May 2020), 27,164 new COVID-19 cases have been reported, which is a 31% increase in new cases reported compared to what was reported in the previous week (13 to 19 May 2020).

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