Coronavirus Global Update



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Confirmed cases

Last updated: 23 May 2021


Confirmed deaths

Last updated: 23 May 2021


Countries, areas or territories with cases

Last updated: 23 May 2021


When social distancing is a luxury

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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 27,472,982 children

  • 33,082,766 people reached through the promotion of preventive behaviours
  • 5,596,880 information, education and communication materials printed and distributed
  • 15,362,808 community members provided preventive materials
  • 5,305,898 handwashing supplies distributed
  • 2,883,408 comprehensive hygiene kits provided
  • 330,947 cleaning kits distributed to vulnerable communities
  • 108,993 community-level public handwashing stations established or maintained
  • 117,389 water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities constructed or rehabilitated
  • 146,468 religious leaders engaged to promote preventive measures and create hope
  • 4,023 people reached with vaccine acceptance messaging
  • 53 faith leaders trained to support vaccine acceptance
  • 3,722,272 people reached with information, education and communication materials on psychosocial support
  • 1,269,471 education materials provided to enable or support remote learning
  • 2,003,821 people provided with education support or training
  • 1,592,544 children reached with targeted, age-specific health education
  • 62,361 teachers provided with education training and support
  • US$25,826,509 total value of cash and vouchers distributed
  • 2,206,121 people reached with cash and voucher assistance 
  • 7,101,535 people reached with food security assistance
  • 1,522,643 children supported with child protection programming
  • 168,389 frontline actors reached or trained on child protection programming
  • 182,180 individuals supported with livelihoods training
  • 154,157 households provided with livelihoods assets
  • 6,039 savings groups organised
  • 1 children with disabilities receiving extra support during emergencies
  • 182,822** loans disbursed by Visionfund to support recovery (number)
  • US$112,091,618** in loans disbursed by VisionFund to support recovery
  • 34,249** Savings group members supported with VisionFund savings group linkage loans

* Amounts for cash and voucher assistance and people reached with food security assistance have been amended to address errors recorded from the previous situation report. 

  • 172,804 community health workers trained and supported
  • 456,712 medical personnel provided with personal protective equipment
  • 9,897,039 masks distributed
  • 4,911,866 glove sets distributed
  • 18,885 medical facilities assisted with COVID-19 preventive or response support
  • 509,012 disinfectant kits distributed to healthcare facilities
  • 444,632 people supported with the securing of safe quarantine and/or isolation spaces
  • 1,217 quarantine and isolation spaces supported, rehabilitated or set up
  • 8,666 people provided with transportation support
  • 262* people trained on Citizen Voice and Action related to vaccine acceptance
  • 296 Global, regional and national policy changes achieved through advocacy and external engagement to improve the international responses to COVID-19.
  • 1,103 External engagements where World Vision is advocating on priorities, including ending violence against children in the context of COVID-19.
  • 251,597,000 Vulnerable children impacted by new or amended policies achieved through advocacy and external engagement.
  • 7* Field offices participating in vaccine coordinating body.
  • World Vision trained over 100 frontline workers and 200 faith leaders in Chile on COVID-19 prevention and child protection through a digital advocacy platform ‘Chile counts on me’.
  • In commemoration of the one year anniversary of COVID-19 being declared a pandemic and reflect on lessons learnt, World Vision released four reports, One year on: COVID-19 Response, COVID-19 Response Plan 3.0, Agile in adversity: How COVID-19 changed the way World Vision works, and Faith in action: Power of faith leaders to fight a pandemic to reflect on the lessons learnt from COVER’s real-time learning exercise and set the way forward with solutions to tackle vaccine hesitancy. 
  • World Vision continues to co-lead COVAX’s demand working group and was elected as a civil society representative to the Act-A Alliance Coordinating Body for Health System Connector. 
  • World Vision co-organised the Global Week of Prayer for COVID-19 (22-27 March 2021) with the World Council of Churches, The Salvation Army, Mennonite World Council, and World Evangelical Alliance. World Vision’s CEO, Andrew Morley, and the World Health Organisation’s Director-General jointly launched the event. 
  • Ahead of the Syria V Brussels conference in March 2021, WV Syria provided input to the co-hosts, the European Union and United Nations, data on the exacerbated vulnerabilities of child protection and education following COVID-19 pandemic, which resulted in the final pledging conference report prioritising access to remote education and issues of child labour and early marriage. 
  • WV Albania and WV Kosovo supported a child activist to speak at a national forum, “Governance for Change: Civil Society Proposals,” about the impact of COVID-19 on children and young people, including findings from World Vision’s Act NOW report, COVID-19 and children: How a global pandemic is changing the lives of children in Albania and Kosovo.


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.