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

(last updated 10:00 AM CET 6/5/2020)


Globally 6,535,354 cases (118 526)
387,155 deaths (4,288)
Western Pacific Region 188,393 cases (1,540)
7,081 deaths (14)
European Region 2,230,706 cases (19,558)
182,165 deaths (-143)
South-East Asia Region 322,863 cases (13,266)
8,942 deaths (332)
Eastern Mediterranean Region 587,030 cases (17,004)
13,720 deaths (262)
Region of the Americas 3,084,517 cases (61,693)
172,276 deaths (3,723)
African Region 121,104 cases (5,465)
2,958 deaths (100)
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