Coronavirus COVID-19 Daily Update 15th April 2020

Coronavirus COVID-19 Daily Update 15th April 2020

This update will be published daily at 12pm GMT and aims to provide clinicians and the public with an overview of the latest data, guidelines, key publications and policy around COVID-19, with links to essential resources and information.

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Global Impact of COVID-19 to Date

As of 15th April 09:00 (GMT)

COVID-19 Cumulative Global Cases

As of 15th April 09:00 (GMT)

COVID-19 Global Active Cases Map

As of 15th April 09:00 GMT

Total UK COVID-19 Cases

As of 13th April

NB: Public Health England has now moved to a different reporting time for UK COVID-19 fatalities, as family consent is now needed to release mortality statistics. Hence the reported figures may not actually be the deaths that have taken place over the past 24 hours, meaning caution needs to be exercised when comparing figures from one day to the next.

COVID-19 Cumulative UK Cases

As of 14th April

COVID-19 Daily UK Cases

As of 14th April

Source: Nature Middle East (last updated 9th April 2020)

COVID-19 Key Data

Countries with higher testing numbers for COVID-19 have the fewest cases per 1,000

Readiness to Restart Economy

Estimates continue to evolve on asymptomatic patient numbers, case fatality ratio and viral shedding

Latest Developments



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United Kingdom


Latest COVID-19 Publications

Some key recent publications to be aware of:

Seasonal Influenza Activity During the SARS-CoV-2 Outbreak in Japan

Published 10th April 2020

Results on estimated change in influenza activity after the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak using a “difference-in-difference” regression model, using a variable each week representing the average difference in influenza activity per week for the 2019/2020 season vs the 2014 to 2019 seasons before the outbreak (week 1-11), and interaction variables for each week after the outbreak and the 2019/2020 season. Seasonal influenza activity was lower in 2020 than in previous years in Japan. Influenza activity may have been affected by temperature or virulence. However, the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak may have changed detection of influenza through changes in symptomatic individuals seeking medical attention.

Association of Public Health Interventions With the Epidemiology of the COVID-19 Outbreak in Wuhan, China

Published 10th April 2020

Study correlating rates of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 infections with public health interventions in Wuhan, China, From 8th December 2019 to 8th March 2020. A series of multifaceted public health interventions was temporally associated with improved control of the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan, China. These findings may inform public health policy in other countries and regions.

The Mental Health Consequences of COVID-19 and Physical DistancingThe Need for Prevention and Early Intervention

Published 10th April 2020

Opinion paper on mental health in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, it appears likely that there will be substantial increases in anxiety and depression, substance use, loneliness, and domestic violence; and with schools closed, there is a very real possibility of an epidemic of abuse.

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