COVID-19 Government Response Tracker

Governments are taking a wide range of measures in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. This tool aims to track and compare policy responses around the world, rigorously and consistently.

State troopers carry out COVID tests

The Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker (OxCGRT) systematically collects information on several different common policy responses that governments have taken to respond to the pandemic on 20 indicators such as school closures and travel restrictions. It now has data from more than 180 countries.

The data is also used to inform a Risk of Openness Index which aims to help countries understand if it is safe to ‘open up’ or whether they should ‘close down’ in their fight to tackle the coronavirus.

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Latest insights

  • New: Updated UK nations response to COVID-19. England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales have diverged in the timing, duration, and stringency of their responses measured by our indicators, highlighting their autonomy and legislative powers as devolved nations. Read the UK nations working paper (WP-2020/035-v2, April 2021).
  • New: What we learned from tracking every COVID policy in the world, The Conversation: on the one-year anniversary of launching the Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker, we have written a summary of how and why we created the tracker, and what we have learned so far.
  • New: Protection of elderly people included in the government response tracker. Data now includes a new indicator (H8) to record policies for protecting elderly people (as defined locally) in long term care facilities and/ or the community and homes settings. Please see the latest version of the working paper (WP-2020/032-v11, March 2021) or the codebook on GitHub.
  • New: Canada sub-national data. Data is available for Canadian provinces and territories, allowing comparisons within the country. See the new working paper (WP-2020/039, March 2021) and the full dataset on GitHub.
  • Vaccination policy indicator (H7) was added to the data in December 2020 to record policies for vaccine delivery for different groups (key workers, clinically vulnerable groups, elderly groups). Please see our working paper or the codebook on GitHub for details.
  • Updated US states' responses to COVID-19. See the updated working paper and the secondary US state-level dataset on GitHub.
  • Updated Risk of Openness Index (previously 'Lockdown Rollback Checklist') now published: see the research note. The index aims to help countries understand if it is safe to ‘open up’ or whether they should ‘close down’ in their fight to tackle the coronavirus. See the full dataset on GitHub.
  • Facial coverings indicator (H6) was added to the data in October 2020 to track (also retrospectively) the policies on face coverings implemented at different levels of stringency.
  • Report on US school closures is now available 'Where and how are schools reopening in the United States?' (12 October update)
  • Read our regional reports summarising recent changes in government responses. These summaries are available for East Asia and PacificEurope and Central AsiaLatin America and the CaribbeanMiddle East and North AfricaNorth AmericaSouth Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa.
  • See also our related project on Brazil's COVID-19 policy response.

Latest data

Stringency and policy indices

OxCGRT collects publicly available information on 20 indicators of government responses. Eight of the policy indicators (C1-C8) record information on containment and closure policies, such as school closures and restrictions in movement. Four of the indicators (E1-E4) record economic policies, such as income support to citizens or provision of foreign aid. Eight of the indicators (H1-H8) record health system policies such as the COVID-19 testing regime, emergency investments into healthcare and most recently, vaccination policies.

The data from the 20 indicators is aggregated into a set of four common indices, reporting a number between 1 and 100 to reflect the level of government action on the topics in question:

  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).

Note that these indices simply record the number and strictness of government policies, and should not be interpreted as ‘scoring’ the appropriateness or effectiveness of a country’s response. A higher position in an index does not necessarily mean that a country's response is ‘better’ than others lower on the index.

For data journalists and researchers

For media enquiries or interview requests, please contact Giulia Biasibetti.

Full national-level country data:

Credit for media use: Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford.

Recommended reference for academic publications: Thomas Hale , Noam Angrist , Rafael Goldszmidt, Beatriz Kira , Anna Petherick , Toby Phillips, Samuel Webster, Emily Cameron-Blake , Laura Hallas, Saptarshi Majumdar, and Helen Tatlow. (2021). “A global panel database of pandemic policies (Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker).” Nature Human Behaviour.

Secondary US state-level data:
This is a secondary dataset that cannot be interpreted alongside our primary country data. The differences are outlined on the GitHub page.

Recommended citation: Thomas Hale, Tilbe Atav, Laura Hallas, Beatriz Kira, Toby Phillips, Anna Petherick, Annalena Pott. Variation in US states’ responses to COVID-19. Blavatnik School of Government.

Data use policy: Creative Commons Attribution CC BY standard. This data is provided free of charge. However, please consider contributing to the COVID-19 Fund for the World Health Organisation. You can also find out more about supporting the work of the Blavatnik School of Government.

Project Info

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Visualisations

You can view interactive data visualisations of country data or heat map over time. The most recent versions of charts and maps are all available on Github.

Interactive visualisations of each policy indicator are available at Our World in Data.

 

Feedback

Please note: this is an ongoing collation project of live data. If you see any inaccuracies in the underlying data, or for specific feedback on the analysis or another aspect of the project please contact us. The database was upgraded on 25 April and you can read the full details of what's changed as well as view the archived version of this dataset on GitHub.

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About the project

Project team

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Data is collected from public sources by a team of over one hundred Oxford University students and staff from every part of the world.

Research Assistants: Emily Cameron-Blake, Helen Tatlow, Laura Hallas, Saptarshi Majumdar.

Contributing team: Adil Sayeed, Aditya Lolla, Adrian Wang Xinting, Ahmed Safar, Aidana Arynbek, Alejandrina Cripovich, Alexsander Silva Farias, Alfredo Ortega, Ali Arsalan Pasha Siddiqui, Alice Eddershaw, Alice Graham, Alice Secheresse, Alice Vodden, Aline Tognini, Allen Haugh, Alonso Moran de Romana, Ana Lucia Villagran, Anandam Sarcar, André Parente Houang, Andrea Garaiova, Andrea Klaric, Andreea Anastasiu, Andrew Brown , Andrew Iupati, Andrew Read, Andrew Wood, Andrey Krachkov, Anindita K. Listya, Anita Pant, Anjali Viswamohanan, Ann Hagen, Anna Bruvere, Anna Paula Ferrari Matos, Anna Petherick, Anna Welsh, Annalena Pott, Annamarie Candler, Anneloes Hoff, Anthony Sudarmawan, Anupah Makoond, Ariana Detmar, Ariq Hatibie, Arkar Hein, Arthur Lau, Ayanna Griffith, Babu Ahamed, Bárbara Prado Simão, Barbara Roggeveen, Barbora Bacyte, Beatriz Cristina Rodrigues SilvaDébora Nery Schwartz, Beatriz Franco, Beatriz Kira, Beatriz Pioltine Macedo Costato, Ben Luria, Ben Weber, Benjamin Ignac, Benjamin Parker, Benjamin Peart, Bilal Majeed, Bill McCluskey, Blessing Oluwatosin Ajimoti, Bolorerdene Battsengel, Bpriya Lakshmy Tbalasubramaniam, Bronwyn Gavine, Bruno da Cunha de Oliveira, Bruno Stucchi, Bugei Nyaosi, Camilla Sacchetto, Carla Almeida da Vila, Carolina Martinelli, Carolina Scherer Beidacki, Caroline Carthy, Caroline Frassão, Caroline Weglinski, Cassy Inman, Celso Antônio Coelho Júnior, Chandra Sekhar Viswanadha, Changyu (Erin) Yan, Charlotte Newton, Charlotte Rougier, Chenxi Zhu, Chloe Axford, Chloë Mayoux, Christian Lumley, Christopher Yoannou, Clara Pavillet, Clara Portwood, Clarissa Lim, Clea Boorman, Connor Lyons, Cristhian Pulido, Cynthia Waliaula, Dan Fay, Dan Grinevics, Dan Mocanu, Dane Alivarius, Dang Dao Nguyen, Daniel Pereira Cabral, Daniela Ferraz Bertholini, Daniela Mayerova, Dar-Yin Li, Dário Kuteev Moreira, Davi Mamblona Marques Romão, Davi Mancebo Fernandes, David Johnson, David McKinnon, Dayane Ferreira, Déborah Palacio do Sacramento, Delgermaa Munkhgerel, Delia Tegnalia, Denilson Soares Gomes Junior, Derek Messling, Diane Brandt, Diogo Mussalem Smethurst, Dita Listya, Dr Grace Mzumara, Edmund Derby, Edward O'Brien, Ehsan Rafian, Elaine Fung, Eleanor Altamura, Elena Terenzi, Elisa Codonho Premazzi, Elisabeth Mira Rothweiler, Elisangela Oliveira de Freitas, Ellen Sugrue, Emily Cameron-Blake, Emily Nguyen, Emma Leonard, Emmanuel Mawuli Abalo, Eric Cheng, Erin Kanzig, Eshitha Vaz, Ethan Teo, Fabiana da Silva Pereira, Farah Sayad, Fatima Zehra 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