Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker

Governments are taking a wide range of measures in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker (OxCGRT) aims to record these unfolding responses in a rigorous, consistent way across countries and across time.

Systematic information on which governments have taken which measures, and when, can help decision-makers and citizens understand the robustness of governmental responses in a consistent way, aiding efforts to fight the pandemic. The OxCGRT collects information on several different common policy responses governments have taken, scores the stringency of such measures, and aggregates these scores into a common Stringency Index.

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


OxCGRT collects publicly available information on 11 indicators of government response, such as school closings, travel bans, or other measures. For a full description of the data and how they are collected, see this working paper.

You can download the data and notes. Recommended citation for database: Hale, Thomas and Samuel Webster (2020). Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker. Data use policy: Creative Commons Attribution CC BY standard.

Please note
This is an ongoing collation project of live data. If you see any inaccuracies in the underlying data please contact us on on the feedback from below. The underlying index is evolving as the situation and data evolves from country to country, and will change over time as the data gets more accurate.

Government Response Stringency Index

Our baseline measure of variation in governments’ responses is the COVID-19 Government Response Stringency Index (Stringency Index). This composite measure is a simple additive score of seven indicators measured on an ordinal scale, rescaled to vary from 0 to 100. Please note that this measure is for comparative purposes only, and should not necessarily be interpreted as rating of the appropriateness or effectiveness of a country's response.

World map indicating current stringency:

World map stringency

Relationship between number of COVID-19 cases and government response:

Relationship between number of COVID-19 cases and government response graph

Comparison of six countries stringency by day:

Comparison of six countries stringency by day graph

Comparison of six countries stringency by day overlaid graph


For specific feedback on the analysis or any aspect of the data please fill in this form and submit to the OxCGRT team.

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.


View the full press release about the Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker. For media enquiries contact Giulia Biasibetti.


Contributors to the project include: Femi Adebola, Babu Ahamed, Dane Alivarius, Jessica Anania, Isabela Blumm, Michael Chen, Siu Cheng, James Fox, Bronwyn Gavine, Robert Gorwa, Jenna Hand, William Hart, Arkar Hein, Beatriz Kira, Maurice Kirschbaum, Finn Klebe, Dário Kuteev Moreira, Tiphaine Le Corre, Melody Leong Mei San, Pollyana Lima, Zoe Lin, Anindita Listya, Francesca Lovell-Read, Ben Luria, Oksana Mattiash, Chloë Mayoux, Lian Najami, Tim Nusser, Sophie Pearlman, Marcela Reynoso Jurado, Barbara Roggeveen, Olga Romanova, Charlotte Rougier, Lin Shi, Louisa-Madeline Singer, Helen Tatlow, Katherine Tyson, Francesca Valmorbida McSteen, Twan van der Togt, Andrew Wood, Victoria Yang and Tatsuya Yasui.

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