Lockdown rollback checklist

Research note

As countries begin to roll back ‘lockdown’ measures, how and when do we know it is safe to do so? The Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker (OxCGRT) provides a cross-national overview of which countries meet four of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) six recommendations for relaxing physical distancing measures.

While the OxCGRT data cannot fully say how ready countries are to leave lockdown, it does provide for a rough comparison across nations. Even this 'high level' view reveals that few countries are close to meeting the WHO criteria for rolling back lockdown measures. At the time of writing, only a handful of countries are doing well at the four 'checklist' criteria OxCGRT is able to track.

This research note provides supplementary information and analysis to the Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker and its related working paper.

Please note this is version 4 (updated on 1 June 2020).