Our World in Data will rely on data from the WHO to track confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths

Johns Hopkins University will stop publishing data on confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths. Our team will replace our entire time series with WHO's weekly-updated data on 8 March. This change will not affect users of our charts and dataset.

Johns Hopkins University has been at the forefront of collecting and reporting data on confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths since the outbreak began in 2020. However, it recently announced that it would stop updating its data on 10 March 2023.

Our team at Our World in Data recognizes the importance of up-to-date data on the pandemic. We will switch our primary source to the World Health Organization (WHO), which updates its dataset weekly.

To keep this data consistent over time, we will replace the entire time series with WHO data on 8 March 2023.

Our goal is to continue providing the most complete and timely data on the pandemic, and relying on the WHO data is the best way to achieve this.

This change will be seamless for our users. The URL of all our charts and the variable names in our dataset will remain the same.

All other COVID-19 datasets we maintain will remain unchanged.

An archive of the last version (8 March 2023) of our dataset based on data from Johns Hopkins University is available for download here (CSV file, 69 Mo).

We want to take this opportunity to thank the team at Johns Hopkins for their crucial work since the beginning of the pandemic. Their efforts have been invaluable in helping us understand the impact of this virus across the world.

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    author = {Edouard Mathieu and Lucas Rodés-Guirao},
    title = {Our World in Data will rely on data from the WHO to track confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths},
    journal = {Our World in Data},
    year = {2023},
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