The coronavirus data map kept by Johns Hopkins has not updated since 0233 this morning and has been updating around 0600, 0730, and 0930 daily. As of 1116 hours, Central, US time, the site still is reporting information from 0233. With that on the table, I feel “iffy” at best about today’s Ides of March report. But after all, William Shakespeare all properly warned us long ago to beware of betrayals come March 15. I just don’t think this is what he had in mind when he wrote Julius Caesar.

The total cases confirmed still show the level of cases worldwide increasing. According to the site, there now are 156,400 cases, up 7,167 from yesterday. The death total was up 224 over the previous 24 hours, now reaching 5,833. Total recoveries now are at 73,968 worldwide– that’s 1,962 overnight.

China’s total reported cases reached 80,995. That’s an increase of only 19 people in the last 24 hours.

Italy, by far, remains the world’s hotspot with its 21,729 cases, 17,750 of them active. A total of 3,497 cropped up new overnight. Nationwide a total of 1,441 people have died–175 of them in the last 24 hours. The good news is that 1,966 Italians have recovered, 527 of them alone in the last 24-hours.

Iran and South Korea have held steady with no additional cases reported during the last 24 hours, 12,729 and 8,086 respectively. The same applies to deaths, holding at 611 and 510, respectively.

The total number of cases in Spain has shot up to 6,391, up by 368 since yesterday.They now have had 196 deaths, 5 of them in the last 24 hours. A total of 517 nationwide have recovered so far–7 of them in the past day.

Germany and France’s caseload, 4,585 and 4,469 respectively–have increased by 632 and 802 people. The number of dead in Germany increased by 1 to 9, and 12 to 91 in France. They remained at 46 and 12 recovered, with no growth in that category in either country.

In the United States there are 2,952 confirmed cases, and 51 deaths.

The UK and Ireland, which were added the the US travel ban this weekend, have seen shifts in their numbers. Over the past 24 hours, the number of cases in the UK dropped by 3, and the death count held steady at 21, with 18 recovering. In Ireland, however, they have a total of 129 cases–an increased of 39 cases since yesterday. The number of deaths has doubled to 2. No one has yet to recover from a case in their country.

Meanwhile in Russia, that had 4 cases nine days ago, now has 59 cases, 0 deaths, 0 recoveries, and 51 active cases.

At last word, Vice President Mike Pence is slated to make a series of announcements regarding corona virus today at 5 p.m. Eastern US time.