Last updated 09/08/2020.

On the dashboard below you can see information on five main metrics: confirmed coronavirus cases, deaths following a coronavirus infection, complete recoveries following a coronavirus infection, and people with active infection of covid-19, i.e. confirmed cases that have not been fatal, nor have they recovered yet. On the map on the left you can see those numbers relevant to the population, and on the right you can see the absolute numbers, their accumulation on the top chart, and day to day change on the bottom. On the map I am also providing a death rate - the ratio of cases that develop to fatalities, - a recovery rate - the ratio of recovered patients to the total cases – and tests performed. To get country specific information on the right, simply click on a country on the map.

Note that these numbers give us a decent overview of the situation, but are still far from accurate. The number of confirmed cases depends heavily on the extend of testing each country deploys and that varies widely as you can see on the map. Not only is the number of tests very different, countries measure tests differently (number of tests or number of people tested), and in many cases we don't have any reliable data at all. In addition, there is mounting evidence that a large proportion of infected people never develop any symptoms (around 50% in Iceland, 50% in an Italian example, 30% at a Japanese case study, 18% in Princess Diamond). All this tells us that the actual cases are much more numerous than the confirmed cases (a study argues that about 86% of cases where undetected in pre lockdown Wuhan), which makes the total confirmed cases relatevely unreliable. The number of deaths, should be much more accurate. But as countries sometimes change their definitions or methodologies for gathering this data, numbers are sometimes added or removed retroactively, so even death statistics are not safe. Have a look for example on China or the UK.


*Sources: Confirmed, deaths, recovered, active data: Johns Hopkins University. Downloaded 06/08/2020.
Test data: Our World in Data. Downloaded 09/08/2020.
Government response data: Oxford University. Downloaded 09/07/2020.

Wherever you were, chances are that sometime during March or April you were told to stay home. Some governments merely outlined recommendations for the public, but most enforced rules to make citizens comply. Here you can see a rough visualization of government responses when it came to public movement restriction. For simplicity I am only using 4 broad categories of responses, but you can find more specific information by hovering over each country. The four categories range from no restrictions imposed (although recommendations are always made), to movement restrictions only in parts of the country, to restrictions for the whole country but only in particular times (curfew), to restrictions in the whole country all of the time (lockdown). Of course, many more government responses were put in place at the same time like banning gatherings, imposing social distancing rules, closing businesses etc, but the scope of this visualisation remains solely the movement restriction policies.

*Source: Oxford University. Downloaded 30/05/2020

April 8, 2020, 9:53 a.m.


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