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Commonwealth Coronavirus COVID-19 Tracker

29/05/2020

Commonwealth

720,469 Confirmed cases

2.4% daily increase

51,978 Deaths

1.6% daily increase

The Commonwealth Coronavirus tracker will be updated daily at 5pm GMT

For latest data on all 54 Commonwealth countries please see the dashboard below.

COVID-19: Economic support measures in Commonwealth countries

The charts below are a summary of policy responses in Commonwealth countries to reduce the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Of the 26 Commonwealth countries tracked, 18 have taken monetary policy action such as cutting interest rates, while over a third of countries are currently offering cash transfers, wage subsidies and tax deferrals to support the people worst hit by the pandemic. For a detailed breakdown of policy responses so far in each country, please click on the ‘All Countries’ tab below.

Source: International Growth Centre

Commonwealth coronavirus COVID-19 dashboard

The dashboard below is a daily update on the scale of the Coronavirus outbreak in Commonwealth countries, grouped by region, and primarily based on the data provided by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Based on the WHO COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Status (16 March 2020), only eight Commonwealth countries have self-assessed that they have sufficient capacity to deal with public health emergencies. In this ranking a score of 1 indicates no capacity while a score of 4 or 5 indicates capacities are well developed.

COVID-19 infection and fatality rates in Commonwealth countries

The chart below displays in the blue column the current infection rate as a proportion of every 100,000 people in a country and, in the red column, the case fatality rate (number of deaths as a proportion of confirmed cases) for every Commonwealth country with confirmed cases.

Source: World Health Organisation , Johns Hopkins University

Commonwealth coronavirus COVID-19 tracker

Please click ‘play’ below to see the day-by-day progress of COVID-19 in Commonwealth countries. Only the 15 countries with the highest number of confirmed cases on each day since the first case was reported in a Commonwealth country are featured in this tracker.

Coronavirus confirmed cases trajectory

This tracker shows the pace at which the outbreak has spread in each country since ‘day zero’, i.e. the day when a country first reported at least 10 confirmed cases. According to this tracker, the outbreak seems to be spreading faster in Canada, India and the UK than in other Commonwealth countries – for the moment.

Country Date confirmed cases >= 10
Sierra Leoine 12-Apr-20
Malawi 11-Apr-20
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 10-Apr-20
Belize 10-Apr-20
Botswana 09-Apr-20
eSwatini 06-Apr-20
Fiji 06-Apr-20
Saint Kitts and Nevis 05-Apr-20
Grenada 03-Apr-20
Antigua and Barbuda 03-Apr-20
Mozambique 01-Apr-20
Saint Lucia 31-Mar-20
Seychelles 31-Mar-20
Guyana 31-Mar-20
Namibia 29-Mar-20
Bahamas 28-Mar-20
Dominica 27-Mar-20
Uganda 25-Mar-20
Zambia 25-Mar-20
Barbados 23-Mar-20
Kenya 22-Mar-20
Tanzania 22-Mar-20
Trinidad and Tobago 21-Mar-20
Cameroon 20-Mar-20
Ghana 20-Mar-20
Mauritius 20-Mar-20
Nigeria 20-Mar-20
Rwanda 20-Mar-20
Bangladesh 17-Mar-20
New Zealand 17-Mar-20
Jamaica 15-Mar-20
Maldives 14-Mar-20
Sri Lanka 14-Mar-20
Cyprus 13-Mar-20
Malta 13-Mar-20
Brunei Darussalam 11-Mar-20
South Africa 11-Mar-20
Pakistan 10-Mar-20
India 04-Mar-20
Canada 24-Feb-20
United Kingdom 24-Feb-20
Malaysia 04-Feb-20
Australia 01-Feb-20
Singapore 30-Jan-20

IMF Outlook: COVID-19 Impact on Commonwealth Real GDP in 2020-21

The International Monetary Fund published its 2020-2021 Real GDP Outlook (an inflation-adjusted measure of economic growth) for all countries last week, taking into account the impact of COVID-19 on economic activity and assuming the pandemic peaks in the second quarter for most countries. The revised IMF forecast indicates that the economic downturn as a result of COVID-19 will be worse than what the world experienced during the Great Depression in the 1920s or the Global Financial Crisis in 2008-09. Assuming the pandemic recedes in the second half of 2020 and that the policy response is swift and effective, the Commonwealth’s Real GDP is likely to grow by 5.05% in 2021. The chart below displays the IMF’s Real GDP projections for all 54 Commonwealth countries, grouped by region.

Access to hospital beds per 1,000 in Commonwealth countries

Across the Commonwealth, access to hospital beds, as measured by the number of beds available per thousand people in a country’s population, has been in decline, according to the latest data available. The Commonwealth average for hospital beds-to-population ratio stood at 2.73 beds per 1,000 people in 2010, compared to the world average of 2.70, reflecting a drop of nearly 26 per cent in bed capacity when compared with the Commonwealth average in the year 2000. The average for all the regions of the Commonwealth was below the World Health Organisation’s recommendation for every country to have a minimum five beds per 1,000 people.

With an average of less than 0.90 hospital beds per 1,000 thousand people, Bangladesh, Belize, Gambia, Ghana, India, Mozambique, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Uganda, and Tanzania were the Commonwealth countries with the lowest capacity to offer in-patient treatment over the 10-year period tracked in this data set.

Other useful resources include:

Commonwealth Coronavirus Response Centre
World Health Organisation
Johns Hopkins University Coronovirus Resource Centre 
Worldometer Coronavirus Tracker