Coronavirus Global Update



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Confirmed cases

Last updated: 5 July 2020


Confirmed deaths

Last updated: 5 July 2020


Countries, areas or territories with cases

Last updated: 5 July 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

Read the latest country updates to see how supporters are helping to protect vulnerable communities around the world.   

The COVID-19 CRISIS in numbers


people reached, including 16,024,781 children

  • 20,898,437 people reached through the promotion of preventive behaviours
  • 3,417,977 information, education and communication materials printed and distributed
  • 4,599,857 community members provided preventive materials
  • 1,875,261 handwashing supplies distributed
  • 1,080,062 comprehensive hygiene kits provided
  • 115,400 cleaning kits distributed to vulnerable communities
  • 70,321 community-level public handwashing stations established or maintained
  • 30,356 water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities constructed or rehabilitated
  • 85,249 religious leaders engaged to promote preventive measures and create hope
  • 4,232,036 people reached with information, education and communication materials on psychosocial support
  • 263,778 education materials provided to enable or support remote learning
  • 737,592 people provided with education support or training
  • 1,166,061 children reached with targeted, age-specific health education
  • 15,770 teachers provided with education training and support
  • US$17,472,678 total value of cash and vouchers distributed
  • 985,162 people reached with cash and voucher assistance 
  • 4,117,945 people reached with food security assistance
  • 1,033,559 children supported with child protection programming
  • 53,643 child advocates reached or trained on child protection programming
  • 65,799 individuals supported with livelihoods training
  • 50,550 households provided with livelihoods assets
  • 3,335 savings groups organised
  • 79,774 community health workers trained and supported
  • 184,356 medical personnel provided with personal protective equipment
  • 4,384,124 masks distributed
  • 3,485,694 glove sets distributed
  • 9,812 medical facilities assisted with COVID-19 preventive or response support
  • 318,858 disinfectant kits distributed to healthcare facilities
  • 132,176 people supported with the securing of safe quarantine and/or isolation spaces
  • 581 quarantine and isolation spaces supported, rehabilitated or set up
  • 6,680 people provided with transportation support
  • 607 external engagements where World Vision advocated on priorities, including ending violence against children in the context of COVID-19
  • 164 global, regional and national policy changes achieved through advocacy to help improve the international responses to COVID-19 
  • Andrew Morley, World Vision International President, called for urgency to accelerate action and delivery of child-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the face of COVID-19 at a United Nations meeting of the Group of Friends on Children and SDGs, in New York
  • For World Refugee Day, World Vision launched a policy report “Between the Rock and the Hard Place” focused on the impact of COVID-19 on Venezuelan migrant children and refugees. The launch of the report in Brazil reached over 20 million people
  • In Uganda, World Vision organised an e-conference on provision of child friendly services during the lockdown. The conference aired on national television, included voices of children, and reached 3 million people through Twitter and Facebook
  • World Vision Jerusalem, West Bank and Gaza office led the work together with UN agencies and NGOs on adapting the Child Protection Referral Policy to COVID-19, which was approved for adaptation by the local Ministry of Social Development
  • In Honduras, World Vision led a virtual forum on continuity of education during the lockdown with the participation of the Ministry of Education and civil society, reaching 14,533 people


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.