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The COVID-19 outbreak of 2020 was a global phenomenon, with profound political, economic and social consequences in addition to its medical implications. Use the links below to examine data around the geographical spread of the virus and to begin to explore its global impacts.


The Worldometer coronavirus page updates the number of infections, critical cases and deaths due to coronavirus on a daily basis. It also calculates these data as a proportion of the total population of each country and territory around the world.


The Worldmapper project makes special maps called cartograms, where territories are re-sized according to the number of infections, deaths or other subject of interest. The result is a unique way of visualising the spread of the disease.

Our World in Data

Our World in Data aims to make data and research on the world’s largest problems understandable and accessible. Its coronavirus pages use official data sources to produce clear maps, charts and data tables for countries around the world.


ESRI specialises in Geographical Information Systems (GIS). Its coronavirus ‘hub’ provides a searchable map of cases, which allows you to pan and zoom around the world.

Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE)

The team at Johns Hopkins University have created a web page that brings together data from authoritative sources to display the global picture through maps, tables and charts.

UK government COVID-19 tracker

This page provides a desktop and mobile version of a daily coronavirus tacker, showing the data for the four nations of the UK and for local authorities across the country.

Financial Times coronavirus economic tracker

These pages are updated regularly and display text and graphic summaries of the fallout of the pandemic in relation to economic activity and environmental indicators.

BBC visual guide to economic impact

This summary covers some environmental as well as global economic impacts, as of the end of March 2020.

The geography of disease project

In this project, the GA worked with Durham University to engage students (aged 12-14 years) with ideas about the spread of disease and risk. The project page contains links, articles and work from several schools to help students understand how geographical knowledge can contribute to our understanding of disease and risk.

Coronavirus: Why are international comparisons difficult?

A BBC analysis of the factors that make direct comparisons of the impact of COVID-19 on countries challenging.

Mapping COVID-19 cases in England – using GIS

A guide to making your own map of COVID-19 cases in England using ArcGIS.

Post COVID-19 geographies

A selection of links collated by GA Junior Vice President, Alan Parkinson on how geography might be taught post COVID-19.

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