Our coronavirus government response tracker extends to cover economic and testing measures

social distancing in bus station

Social distancing in Hyde Bus Station. Image by Gerald England.

The Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker – launched last March and now counting data from more than 160 countries (including China, South Korea, Italy, UK and USA) – has been extended to include measures such as income support to citizens, testing regime or emergency investments into healthcare.

The tracker systematically records government responses to the coronavirus worldwide on 17 indicators such as school closures and travel restrictions. The new indices, reporting a number between 1 and 100 to reflect the level of government action on the topics in question, are:

  1. an overall government response index (which records how the response of governments has varied over all indicators in the database, becoming stronger or weaker over the course of the outbreak);
  2. a containment and health index (which combines ‘lockdown’ restrictions and closures with measures such as testing policy and contact tracing, short term investment in healthcare, as well investments in vaccine)
  3. an economic support index (which records measures such as income support and debt relief)
  4. as well as the original stringency index (which records the strictness of ‘lockdown style’ policies that primarily restrict people’s behaviour).

Thomas Hale, Associate Professor of Global Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government and lead for this project, said: “It’s been encouraging to see that the Blavatnik School’s government response tracker has been a useful tool for policymakers, public health professionals, academics and concerned citizens to understand disease progression and policy response. We’ve improved and expanded the government response tracker to help governments continue to adopt an evidence-based approach and establish which measures are effective and which are not.”

The Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker’s data and its indices are freely available online and will continue to be updated, refined and improved throughout the crisis.

See the full press release on the right hand side.