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World Health Organization - statistics: Countries, territories or areas with reported laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths.

Global epidemiological situation

The number of new COVID-19 cases and deaths globally decreased slightly this week, with over 5.5 million cases and over 90 000 deaths. Case and death incidence, however, remains at the highest level since the beginning of the pandemic. New weekly cases decreased in the regions of Europe and Eastern Mediterranean, while the South-East Asia Region continued an upward trajectory for 9 weeks and reported a further 6% increase last week. Death incidence increased in the South-East Asia and Western Pacific regions. While India continues to account for 95% of cases and 93% of deaths in the South-East Asia Region, as well as 50% of global cases and 30% of global deaths, worrying trends have been observed in neighbouring countries. In all WHO Regions there are countries which have been showing a sustained upward trend in cases and deaths over several weeks.

The highest numbers of new cases were reported from India (2 738 957 new cases; 5% increase), Brazil (423 438 new cases; similar to previous week), the United States of America (334 784 new cases; 3% decrease), Turkey (166 733 new cases; 35% decrease), and Argentina (140 771 new cases; 8% decrease).

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Protect yourself and others from COVID-19

If COVID-19 is spreading in your community, stay safe by taking some simple precautions, such as physical distancing, wearing a mask, keeping rooms well ventilated, avoiding crowds, cleaning your hands, and coughing into a bent elbow or tissue.

Check local advice where you live and work. Do it all!

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What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are:

Fever, Dry cough, Fatigue

Other symptoms that are less common and may affect some patients include:

Loss of taste or smell, Nasal congestion, Conjunctivitis (also known as red eyes) Sore throat, Headache, Muscle or joint pain, Different types of skin rash, Nausea or vomiting, Diarrhea, Chills or dizziness.

Symptoms of severe COVID‐19 disease include:

Shortness of breath, Loss of appetite, Confusion, Persistent pain or pressure in the chest, High temperature (above 38 °C).

Other less common symptoms are: Irritability, Confusion, Reduced consciousness (sometimes associated with seizures), Anxiety, Depression, Sleep disorders, More severe and rare neurological complications such as strokes, brain inflammation, delirium and nerve damage.

People of all ages who experience fever and/or cough associated with difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, chest pain or pressure, or loss of speech or movement should seek medical care immediately. If possible, call your health care provider, hotline or health facility first, so you can be directed to the right clinic.

How to keep your workplace clean -- and yourself healthy -- during the novel coronavirus outbreak

Before you start your shift, use an EPA-approved product to disinfect your desk, keyboard, computer mouse, work phone and any other objects or surfaces that you or your coworkers touch a lot.

But make sure you're disinfecting the right way. To work, the surface you disinfect must remain wet for a long period of time -- usually between 3 to 5 minutes -- and that'll require a lot of wipes. Click here!

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