This is a developing story and we will continue to add more interesting maps to the existing list. Last updated on March 23.
Since the first case of COVID-19 was identified in Wuhan, China in December 2019, the disease has spread across the world, affecting over 200,000 people in 166 countries and more than 8,700 deaths. The World Health Organization called it a pandemic on March 11, 2020. Below are some of the best maps tracking the spread of Coronavirus.
WHO Situation Dashboard
World Health Organization’s Situation Dashboard provide the latest updates on the novel coronavirus outbreak. These include updated numbers of infected people, deaths, affected countries and other related data regarding the COVID-19 outbreak. Built on an ArcGIS platform, this dashboard could be considered to be the most authentic source when it comes to the statistics since the data source is from WHO. However, it should be noted that the WHO reported case numbers are conservative, and likely represent an undercount of the true number of coronavirus cases, especially in China.
Confirmed cases reported between February 13 and 19 include both laboratory-confirmed and clinically diagnosed (only applicable to Hubei province); for all other dates, only laboratory-confirmed cases are shown.
Tracking COVID 19 by HERE Technologies
This map created by HERE Technologies shows the near real-time status based on data from the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University and DXY.
While one can explore these numbers by country, in the case of China, the data is available by province. There is also a time slider to get a snapshot of the spread of the virus daywise since January 23, 2020. A user can select any of the bubbles on the map either by selecting it directly on the map (tapping if you are on mobile) or by selecting the corresponding card in the sidebar. If you are looking for a specific city, you can also navigate using the autocomplete search box.
The Esri Story Maps
Mapping the Novel Coronavirus Outbreak is a Story Map project from Esri. As is with all Esri Story Maps, the presentation is in form of a narrative of what is COVID-19, how the disease spread, the previous similar cases reported. Since it is a developing story and the maps and charts below are updated daily. In addition to fatalities, it also shows gives in-depth glimpse into how the situation unfolded Wuhan and subsequently spread, the flights to and fro, which stand cancelled today, and much, much more data.
John Hopkins University
The map called Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) was the first to come out. Since the Website relies upon publicly available data from multiple sources, the statistics may not be absolutely accurate. The names of locations correspond with the official designations used by the US State Department, including for Taiwan. In addition to giving the total number of confirmed cases, countries affected, it also gives the statistics on recovered cases and number of active cases including their location to give a real-time view. It is built on an Esri ArcGIs platform.
Microsoft COVID-19 Tracker
The Microsoft Bing website is accessible at bing.com/covid, and provides up-to-date infection statistics for each country. The COVID-19 Tracker is interactive map which allows site visitors to click on the country to see the specific number of cases and related articles from a variety of publishers. The data is being aggregated from sources like the World Health Organization (WHO), the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
“Lots of Bing folks worked (from home) this past week to create a mapping and authoritative news resource for COVID19 info,” Michael Schechter, General Manager for Bing Growth and Distribution at Microsoft, was quoted as saying in a ZDNet report on Sunday.
Google’s Project Baseline
The Project Baseline COVID-19 website from Google and Verily (a subsidiary of Google’s parent company Alphabet focused on life sciences and healthcare) is a COVID-19 (coronavirus) health checkup website that gives information to visitors on nearby testing sites for those possibly afflicted with COVID-19. Those staying in California, US can visit the website to take an online COVID-19 screener survey. People who meet the eligibility will be directed to the mobile testing sites based on capacity where they will go through a nasal swab test and will be informed in next few days if they are infected with COVID-19 or not.
Verily earlier stated in a blog that this is a pilot project s made in collaboration with the California Governor’s office, federal, state and local public health authorities. Currently, the tool provides information on testing sites in the Bay Area to increase risk screening and testing for people at high risk of COVID-19, but will be expanded to other areas soon. “The tool will triage people who are concerned about their COVID-19 risk into testing sites based on guidance from public health officials and test availability,” it added.
CrowdTangle COVID-19 Live Displays
CrowdTangle, a social media analytics platform, launched the COVID-19 Live Display Hub to make it easy for public to see what content is being shared on social media about the Cornavirus outbreak. The content is sourced from popular social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Reddit etc, local news outlets, regional World Health Organization Pages, government agencies, local politicians, and more. Each Live Display features post streams sorted by relevant keywords and public accounts to each region.
According to a blog post from CrowdTangle, Live Display for countries has a standard set of columns which are defined below:
Column 1: COVID-19 related keywords translated into the top languages spoken filtered by public Pages from media in the specified country
Column 2: COVID-19 related keywords translated into the top languages spoken plus the name of the country (example: covid-19 AND Italia) filtered by public Instagram accounts
Column 3: COVID-19 related keywords translated into the top languages spoken filtered by public Pages who have admins located in the country
Column 4: COVID-19 related keywords translated into the top languages spoken filtered by public Pages of politicians, elected officials and political parties in the country
Column 5: COVID-19 related keywords translated into the top languages spoken filtered by public Pages of government ministries in the country
Column 6: All content from the WHO regional account on Facebook and Instagram (where applicable; some WHO regional offices only have a Facebook account)
The HealthMap initiative comes from a program affiliated with the nonprofit Boston Children’s Hospital that monitors infectious diseases. The digital map uses artificial intelligence to track the spread of the novel coronavirus in real time, giving people, governments and health workers an updated picture of the pandemic’s spread. It is built by MapBox on OpenStreetMap platform.
University of Washington
The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Map come from the Humanistic GIS Laboratory of the University of Washington, which is working in the area “to explore innovative methodologies to improve geospatial technologies with the consideration of human experience; to reflect upon the social implications of maps, geovisualization, and other geospatial technologies; and to geo-narrate a variety of geographic phenomena, especially those related to vulnerable populations”. In addition to the absolute number of affected people, countries, deaths etc, it also has different tabs to track infected levels and communities. It is created on CARTO DB platform and has the option to view the map in satellite image version also.
University of Virginia
The COVID-19 Surveillance Dashboard from the University of Virginia also gives a time slider to track the timeline for the progress of the disease since January 22, 2020. There are different tabs to track for active, confirmed, recovered and deaths. The website claims to use a number of open source datasets. There is also a special tab to track COVID-19 cases and clusters outside of mainland China.
Centre of Disease Control and Prevention
The Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the US map from the CDC provides the US government data of the outbreak in the United States. The data includes both confirmed and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 reported to CDC or tested at CDC since January 21, 2020, with the exception of testing results for persons repatriated to the United States from Wuhan, China and Japan.
The COVID-19 Coronavirus Tracker from Kaiser Family Foundation, A San-Francisco headquartered non-profit organization that works in the area of providing independent information on health issues in the United States, provides the number of cases and deaths from novel coronavirus by country, the trend in case and death counts by country, and a global map showing which countries have cases and deaths. The tracker claims that data is drawn directly from official COVID-19 situation reports released regularly by the WHO. This tracker will be updated regularly, as new situation reports are released. There are tabs for viewing the data by country.
In addition to the above, various news organizations have come up with interactive maps to give the situational data on the ongoing pandemic. Some of them are:
- COVID-19 coronavirus oubreak(Worldometer)
- Coronavirus: the new disease Covid-19 explained(South China Morning Post)
- Coronavirus Cases Spread Across the World (NBCNewYork)
- Genomic Epidemiology of Novel Coronavirus(Nextstrain)
- Coronavirus Map: Tracking the Spread of the Outbreak (New York Times)