The coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic is a global health and societal emergency that requires effective and immediate action by governments, organisations and individuals. We are providing information here aimed to assist in combating the pandemic.

Source: John Hopkins University (2020), World Health Organisation (2020)

From the Commonwealth

Commonwealth Coronavirus (COVID-19) Tracker
Daily update on the scale of the Coronavirus outbreak in Commonwealth countries.

Commonwealth Coronavirus Trajectory Tracker
Confirmed coronavirus cases trajectory in the Commonwealth.

Commonwealth guidelines and policy responses on sport, exercise and physical activity Adobe PDF icon
Information and resources to help policymakers, officials and sport organisations make informed decisions about sport, exercise and physical activity during the pandemic. Contact [email protected]

Commonwealth advice and resources on staying physically active while social distancing/self-isolating Adobe PDF icon
Advice on exercising and how to stay physically active for health and wellbeing while maintaining social distancing. Contact [email protected]

Royal Life Saving Society Adobe PDF icon
The Royal Life Saving Society is a network of 30 member organisations around the Commonwealth. Many of its volunteers would be willing to help in responding to COVID-19 in Commonwealth countries. Contact [email protected]

Partner resources

WHO Health Alert Messaging Service
To increase access to reliable information, WHO has worked with WhatsApp and Facebook to launch a new WHO Health Alert messaging service. To access the service send the word “hi” to the following number on WhatsApp: +41 798 931 892.

World Health Organisation Daily Update
Rolling updates on coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

United Nations
UN Web TV LIVE schedule including daily press briefings.

WHO Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan for the new coronavirus
Outlines the public health measures that the international community stands ready to provide to support all countries to prepare for and respond to COVID-19.

UNCTAD Resource Centre on Coronavirus Impact on Trade and Economy

UN World Food Programme – Emergency Division
World travel restrictions and airline information.

Other useful information

John Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center
Johns Hopkins experts in global public health, infectious disease, and emergency preparedness have been at the forefront of the international response to COVID-19.

Global Outbreak and Response Network – GOARN
Network of over 250 technical institutions globally that respond to acute public health events with the deployment of staff and resources to affected countries. 

University of Southampton Coronavirus Experts Adobe PDF icon
Expert group on COVID-19 response.

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
COVID-19 updates from the world renowned centre of education in public and global health.

Maps, datasets, applications, and more for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Guidance for laboratories shipping specimens to WHO reference laboratories
Expedite the shipment of clinical samples from patients with suspected COVID-19 virus infection from the country of collection to one of the WHO reference laboratories.

Technical guidance on surveillance, testing, and preparedness
Country and technical guidance by topic.


Commonwealth Secretariat
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