Coronavirus COVID-19 Daily Update 18th April 2020

Coronavirus COVID-19 Daily Update 18th 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 18th April 09:00 (GMT)

COVID-19 Cumulative Global Cases

As of 18th April 09:00 (GMT)

COVID-19 Global Active Cases Map

As of 18th 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 17th April

COVID-19 Daily UK Cases

As of 17th 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

Outbreaks begin similarly but diverge based on government measures

Cases are currently concentrated in US and Europe

Source: The Guardian

Latest Developments



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United Kingdom


Latest COVID-19 Publications

Some key recent publications to be aware of:

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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