Coronavirus Global Update



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Confirmed cases

Last updated: 28 May 2020


Confirmed deaths

Last updated: 28 May 2020


Countries, areas or territories with cases

Last updated: 28 May 2020


When social distancing is a luxury

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This woman has one source of income – and now it’s under threat from COVID-19

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Windows to the World Interviews

Join World Vision Goodwill Ambassador Melissa Doyle as she interviews a series of national and international guests to discuss the impact of coronavirus on communities here in Australia and around the globe.


We are all fragile when it comes to coronavirus, but we are not equally fragile.

Countries already living in poverty without adequate access to healthcare, economic support, information services and who are in crowded living conditions with poor hygiene facilities will experience the spread of disease in an unprecedented way.

Developing countries are also more likely to feel the pain of the secondary impacts of the virus, such as food insecurity, loss of livelihoods and exasperated social issues such as violence for years to come.

We must act now before it’s too late.



Many countries, particularly those in the midst of conflict or natural disaster, have health systems that are ill-equipped to cope with a pandemic, and with so many people living in crowded conditions, social distancing to stop the spread of the disease is near impossible. There are also over one billion people in the world without appropriate access to clean running water, making the first line of defence against Covid-19; hand hygiene, even harder.

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The implications on livelihoods from this global crisis cannot be underestimated, particularly in countries already struggling with poverty. With many local and global businesses closing down, and with limited, if any, economic support from their governments, many people are forced out of work and cannot afford their rent or to feed their families.

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Coronavirus is impacting all of us in different ways, however in developing countries, social already rampant inequality, particularly for women and girls, will be exasperated due to forced coexistence, economic stress. In a recent World Vision survey, it was revealed that 1/3 of children are worried about their parents’ job – more children are taking on adult worries due to this pandemic.


We are supporting our First Nations partners, the communities we work with, and young people during the coronavirus crisis, by adapting how we deliver our programs. We will continue to support initiatives that reinforce community wellbeing, education and health during this difficult period. We recognise that not only are they highly vulnerable to the virus, but also to the social change and restrictions put in place to stay safe. We are calling on the Australian government to prioritise the protection of these already vulnerable and often remote communities. To support our ongoing work with First Nations communities, click here.

In order to maintain our early childhood education programming in the Pilbara, our team based in Newman prepared playgroup resource packs for Martu families. Playgroups have been suspended due to COVID-19. Without access to locally-run playgroups and support for parents, First Nations children can fall behind in developmental milestones, so continuity of education is an important aspect of our response.


Our global goal

We are aiming to respond in over 70 countries and reach 72 million people

Appeal objectives

Where World Vision is responding

The COVID-19 CRISIS in numbers


people reached, including 11,026,393 children

  • 17,645,002 people reached through the promotion of preventive behaviours
  • 2,273,434 information, education and communication materials printed and distributed
  • 2,746,568 community members provided preventive materials
  • 710,357 handwashing supplies distributed
  • 130,840 comprehensive hygiene kits provided
  • 54,397 cleaning kits distributed to vulnerable communities
  • 58,979 community-level public handwashing stations established or maintained
  • 8,319 water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities constructed or rehabilitated
  • 36,167 religious leaders engaged to promote preventive measures and create hope
  • 838,730 people reached with information, education and communication materials on psychosocial support
  • 65,368 education materials provided to enable or support remote learning
  • 256,983 people provided with education support or training
  • 544,452 children reached with targeted, age-specific health education
  • 4,763 teachers provided with education training and support
  • US$7,333,551 total value of cash and vouchers distributed
  • 642,207 people reached with cash and voucher assistance 
  • 2,683,041 people reached with food security assistance
  • 427,397 children supported with child protection programming
  • 18,883 child advocates reached or trained on child protection programming
  • 3,576 individuals supported with livelihoods training
  • 11,360 households provided with livelihoods assets
  • 1,230 savings groups organised
  • 42,260 community health workers trained and supported
  • 98,669 medical personnel provided with personal protective equipment
  • 1,999,878 masks distributed
  • 1,080,087 glove sets distributed
  • 4,186 medical facilities assisted with COVID-19 preventive or response support
  • 133,995 disinfectant kits distributed to healthcare facilities
  • 17,032 people supported with the securing of safe quarantine and/or isolation spaces
  • 148 quarantine and isolation spaces supported, rehabilitated or set up
  • 2,548 people provided with transportation support
  • 181 external engagements where World Vision advocated on priorities, including ending violence against children in the context of COVID-19
  • 73 global, regional and national policy changes achieved through advocacy to help improve the international responses to COVID-19 
  • Providing input to the UN Global Humanitarian Response Plan (GHRP) at a global and field level
  • Working closely with the World Food Programme and other partners on operational issues and logistics as part of the GHRP
  • Contributing to the development and recommendations on cash transfers and social protection as central tools for COVID-19 responses via the Grand Bargain Cash Workstream Cash-Social Protection Working Group


Volunteers delivering Tender Boxes and basic baskets

We have 37, 000 staff and 220, 000 volunteers in communities around the world, all mobilising to deal with crises. That’s the size of an entire army uniting to combat Covid-19.

- Graham Strong, Acting CEO World Vision Australia


You can also donate to World Vision’s Coronavirus Appeal to help fund life-saving preventions and interventions

Donations over $2 may be tax deductible depending on your own personal tax position.