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 22nd April 09:00 (GMT)
COVID-19 Cumulative Global Cases
As of 22nd April 11:00 (GMT)
COVID-19 Global Active Cases Map
As of 22nd April 09:00 GMT
Total UK COVID-19 Cases
As of 21st 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 21st April
COVID-19 Daily UK Cases
As of 21st April
Covid-19 outbreaks in Arab countries
Last updated 16th April 2020
Source: Nature Middle East
COVID-19 in the Eastern Mediterranean Region
As of 21stApril 11:00 (GMT)
COVID-19 in the African Region
As of 21st April 11:00 (GMT)
COVID-19 Key Data
With differences in testing, reporting, resource availability and management are COVID-19 numbers from different countries comparable?
Temporal dynamics in viral shedding and transmissibility of COVID-19
Source: information is beautiful
Source: The Lancet
Latest COVID-19 Publications
Some key recent publications to be aware of:
Published 21st April 2020
BBC article on how country COVID-19 reporting and statistics may vary. An informative and accessible summary on how to evaluate data and news. Relevant for anyone interested in knowing more about how to spot "fake news" and how to critically appraise articles.
Published 18th April 2020
Editorial from the Lancet on the USA response and handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. With many countries across the globe in lock-down or in emergency measures, governments and clinical advisory bodies are being critiqued about their plans and strategies on dealing with the pandemic. Have a look at this perspective on the USA response, what do you think about this and how has your local policy been handled?
Published 15th April 2020
SARS-CoV-2 viral shedding may begin 2 to 3 days before the appearance of the first symptoms. Study analysing the temporal patterns of viral shedding in 94 patients with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 and modeled COVID-19 infectiousness profiles from a separate sample of 77 infector–infectee transmission pairs.
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.
Daily Update by Samantha Goh, MedShr Open Editorial Team, Medical Education Teaching Fellow