WHO: Coronavirus disease (COVID-2019) situation report – 116

Data as received by WHO from national authorities by 10:00 CEST, 15 May 2020


WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, urged countries in the region to lift public health and social measures (so called lockdowns) in a graded manner and that Local epidemiology should guide focused action in ‘new normal’ COVID-19 world.

WHO Regional Director for Europe, Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge, emphasized that “our behaviour today, will set the course for the pandemic”, and highlighted how behavioural insights are valuable to inform the planning of appropriate pandemic response measures. A UN policy brief on COVID-19 and mental health warns that substantial investment is needed to avert a mental health crisis.

Reports already indicate an increase in symptoms of depression and anxiety in several countries.In the ‘Subject in Focus ’below, we highlight WHO’s continued collaboration with the aviation and tourism sectors.

Situation in numbers (by WHO Region) Total (new cases in last 24 hours)
– Globally 4,338,658 cases (90,269) 297,119 deaths (5,073)
– Africa 54,190 cases (2,438) 1,623 deaths (56)
– Americas 1,864,468 cases (44,915) 111,934 deaths (2,813)
– Eastern Mediterranean 305,189 cases (11,384) 9 558 deaths (169)
– Europe 1,826,295 cases (24,627) 163,277 deaths (1,864)
– South-East Asia122,254 cases(5,637) 4,050 deaths (129)
– Western Pacific 165,550 cases (1,268) 6, 664 deaths (42)

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Source: WHO