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National governments across the globe and the global development community are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic with unprecedented measures. Though capacities in fighting the outbreak across nations vary significantly, all countries need to rely heavily on the availability of geographically disaggregated data in key thematic areas and for various groups of the population. As an immediate first step in addressing these data needs, the Statistics Division of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs has identified four thematic areas, namely: (1) virus tracking, (2) population, (3) health infrastructure and (4) economy. These data sets will help in mapping the spread of the disease, understanding trends, identifying vulnerable population groups, as well as measuring the economic impact of the pandemic. Ultimately, the aim is to provide access to trustworthy information and to help communicate clear messages so decision makers can address the outbreak effectively and efficiently.
Our technology partner Esri has announced a COVID-19 Response Package for Ministries of Health and Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) partners that will be now made available to National Statistical Offices for using Esri’s geospatial platform and tools.
The Covid-19 Data Hub is part of a larger effort carried by the UN Statistics Division in collaboration with the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD) and Open Data Watch (ODW), that launched a COVID-19 response website to provide guidance and tools and share best practices to ensure the operational continuity of data programmes by National Statistical Offices, and to address issues of open and timely access to critical data to respond to the global COVID-19 crisis.