Looking through the overnight numbers from WHO, the conclusions are unsurprising.
Another day, and new data that still tells more or less the same story - European outbreaks are expanding rapidly. Transmission rates in Italy have slowed slightly, but remain high. Spain is even more concerning (blue bars below) - tellingly it is now on a materially worse track than Korea.
All of this points to the urgent need for complete lock-downs in any country with more than a handful of cases. Much of the action seems to be happening bottom up - NYC schools were encouraging kids to stay home before the system was officially closed on Sunday evening.
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The outbreak continues to accelerate in Europe - actual figures observed today were broadly higher than predicted using reductions in transmission rates achieved in (eg) Korea (see earlier post or notes on sheet for methodology). Please click the image below for the full file.
We have tracked the Corona Virus outbreak closely since China first started reporting case numbers in late January. We share below our summary of what the data is showing us. Key points today include:
1. A concerning leap in cases in Denmark
2. Ongoing growth in case numbers in the UK and USA
3. Other European countries are on a similar track to Italy.
A note on methodology - our forecasts are based on estimates of underlying transmission rates and also assume that countries can replicate the reductions in transmission rates achieved by eg South Korea. Thus if observed case numbers are in line or below projected case numbers, this implies that countries are being successful in reducing transmission rates, even if absolute case numbers are still increasing.
If there is interest in this analysis, we will post occasional updates.