SITUATION IN NUMBERS total (new) cases in last 24 hours 

(last updated 10:00 AM CET 5/27/2020)


Globally 5,488 825 cases (84,314)
349,095 deaths (5,581)
Western Pacific Region 176,404 cases (1,007)
6,927 deaths (25)
European Region 2,061,828 cases (20,124)
176,226 deaths (3,013)
South-East Asia Region 218,523 cases (8,250)
6,359 deaths (219)
Eastern Mediterranean Region 449,590 cases (10,690)
11,452 deaths (159)
Region of the Americas 2,495,924 cases (41,472)
145,810 deaths (2,071)
African Region 85 815 cases (2,771)
2,308 deaths (94)
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