Coronavirus COVID-19 Daily Update 20th April 2020

Coronavirus COVID-19 Daily Update 20th 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 20th April 09:00 (GMT)

COVID-19 Cumulative Global Cases

As of 20th April 09:00 (GMT)

COVID-19 Global Active Cases Map

As of 20th April 09:00 GMT

Total UK COVID-19 Cases

As of 19th 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 19th April

COVID-19 Daily UK Cases

As of 19th April

Covid-19 outbreaks in Arab countries

Last update 16th April 2020

COVID-19 Key Data

Latest Developments



Middle East


United Kingdom

Coronavirus: Plasma treatment to be trialled

A report has been published by the Sunday Times into the initial UK government failings to deal with COVID-19 (subscription required)

Medical staff face weeks without protective gowns

NHS Supply Chain: Latest Updates on COVID-19 and Managing Demand for Products

UK Government Advice


Latest COVID-19 Publications

Some key recent publications to be aware of:

Sarah Gilbert: carving a path towards a COVID-19 vaccine

Published 18 April 2020

Perspective from Prof. Sarah Gilbret, Professor of Vaccinology at the University of Oxford in the UK. About how close we are to a vaccine to control the pandemic.

Protecting workers aged 60–69 years from COVID-19

Published 16th April 2020

Mortality data from the COVID-19 pandemic shows that nearly two thirds (64%) of the remaining deaths occur in the 60–69 years age group. This age group is particularly at risk if they work in health-care, for example frontline health-care workers and those who have been encouraged to come out of retirement to assist.

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 Distancing: The 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.

Daily Update by Samantha Goh, MedShr Open Editorial Team, Medical Education Teaching Fellow

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