How to monitor the spread of Chinese coronavirus online: statistics, maps, bots and streams

15 ways to independently monitor the latest data on the outbreak, which became the main reason for the news of the beginning of 2020.

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For several weeks now, the main topic worldwide has been the spread of the new 2019-nCoV coronavirus. Every day there is news about the next sick and dead, and at the end of January, WHO recognized the outbreak as an emergency. 

Against this background, netizens began to independently search for information on the spread of the Chinese coronavirus, trying to circumvent fake data and panic articles. The development of the Internet allows you to monitor the flash literally in real time – TJ found 15 ways to receive relevant information online.

Official sources

World Health Organization

Once a day, WHO publishes an official report on the spread of coronavirus 2019-nCoV in different countries of the world. In many ways, this information is then used by most media and services to monitor the situation. WHO has a Russian version of the site, but reports are published only in English.

European Center for Disease Prevention and Control

The CEH of the European Union also updates every day data on new infected and victims of the Chinese coronavirus.

US Disease Control Center

The US CDC monitors the situation not only in its own country, but throughout the world. On the agency’s website there is a map with infected areas: it is often updated, but not very detailed – you cannot find the number of cases in specific regions on it.


Bloomberg Coronavirus Distribution Overview

Bloomberg’s updated 2019-nCoV page is a collection of maps and graphs that capture the development of the virus. The latest news of the publication and official reports get there too.

The New York Times Overview of Coronavirus Distribution

NYT also regularly updates data on its charts and maps. Also on the page you can read about what actions China is taking to prevent the epidemic, as well as expert forecasts.

Reuters Coronavirus Distribution Overview

Reuters has the most minimal section for monitoring – five main indicators of the distribution of coronavirus in a visual format. Well suited to go in once a day and give an impression of the situation.


Map of the American Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University

Perhaps the most popular online resource for tracking the distribution of 2019-nCoV. The map is based on many official sources and takes into account many indicators. The service is updated often enough, but not in real time.

Map from Harvard Medical School

This map was jointly made by several groups of researchers from Massachusetts institutions: scientists at Harvard Medical School, employees at a laboratory at Northeastern University, and epidemiologists at the Boston Children’s Hospital. The main minus is updated less often than analogues.

Map from Voronezh developers in Russian

If someone is closer to Russian-language services, then there is a map from former students of the faculty of applied mathematics, computer science and mechanics of Voronezh State University. The service not only takes official information, but also offers news about the new coronavirus from the Russian media, as well as separately monitors the situation in Russia.


3D map of the distribution of coronavirus from the International Civil Aviation Organization

The International Civil Aviation Organization is part of the UN structure. The service is a 3D map of the Earth, where you can look at the statistics of the spread of the virus. Also, using the site, you can see a model of how the disease spread from China to other countries of the “first wave”.

Northeast University Boston Epidemic Risk Model

Perhaps the most difficult service to master. The EpiRisk website offers the user to fill in the fields for the new coronavirus himself: infected countries, number of cases, number of days to resolve symptoms. After that, a service from researchers at Northeastern University builds a theoretical model of the spread of the virus and the likelihood of it getting into a particular country.

Bots and channels

Coronavirus outbreak

Telegram channel with 15 thousand subscribers, which sends statistics on infected and dead from the Chinese virus several times a day. Plus channel: you can quickly learn the main indicators, and they do not need to request yourself. Minus: data does not display dynamics. The channel has its own map.


Telegram bot displays information about infected and dead from official sources. The third column, “In Question,” is based on unconfirmed data. The bot also shows a schedule of infections, showing the dynamics of the spread of the virus. Can send a message in Russian and English.


Another Telegram bot. The data sends data only in English, but then it makes selections about the virus from Western media, Twitter and Reddit.


A non-standard way to find out about the virus is to watch live broadcasts on YouTube. One of the streams has been going on for ten days – a 40-year-old dentist from South Korea, who previously worked as a programmer, updates the map with a list of infected and dead. Periodically, the latest news is displayed on the screen.

You can watch the video only on YouTube

If you want something more positive, you can watch the China Daily stream on how new hospitals are being built in closed Wuhan, where most of the infected are located. The first field clinic for a thousand places has already been completed – now the second is being erected.

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