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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the global economy to a standstill. Many countries have placed all but the most essential businesses into lockdown, and many predict a deep global recession. In response, governments are directly supporting key industries and intervening in financial markets to keep their economies afloat. See how those responses compare on the key issues of financial markets and monetary policy, industry interventions and business support.

Business support

How governments are supporting businesses


Industry interventions

How governments are supporting specific industries and sectors

Financial markets and monetary policy

How governments are intervening to stabilise and stimulate the economy and financial markets


Movement of people

International travel has ground to a halt as governments close their borders. Within countries, people are being asked or ordered to stay at home and maintain physical distance from one another. These measures seek to slow the spread of the virus. See how governments’ responses compare on the key issues of border measures, citizens abroad, domestic travel, and physical distancing.

Border measures

How governments are controlling their borders

Physical distancing

How governments are keeping people apart to slow the spread of COVID-19

South Africa

Citizens abroad

How governments are assisting their citizens abroad

Domestic travel

How governments are controlling travel within their territories


Health care systems are at the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hospitals are overwhelmed, personal protective equipment is scarce, and governments are mobilising large scale efforts to track and trace infections. See how governments’ responses compare on the key issues of health services, healthcare workers, medical products and medicines, testing and tracing, and research.

Testing and tracing

How governments are identifying and tracing COVID-19 cases

Medical products and medicines

How governments are managing supplies of medical products and medicine

Healthcare workers

How governments are recruiting and supporting healthcare workers

Health services

How governments are adapting healthcare services to handle the pandemic


How governments are supporting the search for a vaccine and treatments for COVID-19


From school closures to rubbish collection, the COVID-19 pandemic has had broad impacts on day-to-day life. Governments face the challenge of maintaining essential services now that many ordinary activities are fraught with risk. See how governments’ responses compare on the key issues of public information, policing and justice, emergency government,public services, education, and international cooperation.

Emergency government

How governments are changing their own powers and procedures in response to the pandemic

International cooperation

How governments are working together to respond to the pandemic

Public services

How governments are ensuring that essential public services continue during the pandemic