Database of epidemic trends and control measures during the first wave of COVID-19 in mainland China.
Fu H., Wang H., Xi X., Boonyasiri A., Wang Y., Hinsley W., Fraser KJ., McCabe R., Olivera Mesa D., Skarp J., Ledda A., Dewé T., Dighe A., Winskill P., van Elsland SL., Ainslie KEC., Baguelin M., Bhatt S., Boyd O., Brazeau NF., Cattarino L., Charles G., Coupland H., Cucunuba ZM., Cuomo-Dannenburg G., Donnelly CA., Dorigatti I., Eales OD., FitzJohn RG., Flaxman S., Gaythorpe KAM., Ghani AC., Green WD., Hamlet A., Hauck K., Haw DJ., Jeffrey B., Laydon DJ., Lees JA., Mellan T., Mishra S., Nedjati-Gilani G., Nouvellet P., Okell L., Parag KV., Ragonnet-Cronin M., Riley S., Schmit N., Thompson HA., Unwin HJT., Verity R., Vollmer MAC., Volz E., Walker PGT., Walters CE., Watson OJ., Whittaker C., Whittles LK., Imai N., Bhatia S., Ferguson NM.
ObjectivesIn this data collation study, we aimed to provide a comprehensive database describing the epidemic trends and responses during the first wave of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) throughout the main provinces in China.MethodsFrom mid-January to March 2020, we extracted publicly available data regarding the spread and control of COVID-19 from 31 provincial health authorities and major media outlets in mainland China. Based on these data, we conducted descriptive analyses of the epidemic in the six most-affected provinces.ResultsSchool closures, travel restrictions, community-level lockdown, and contact tracing were introduced concurrently around late January but subsequent epidemic trends differed among provinces. Compared with Hubei, the other five most-affected provinces reported a lower crude case fatality ratio and proportion of critical and severe hospitalised cases. From March 2020, as the local transmission of COVID-19 declined, switching the focus of measures to the testing and quarantine of inbound travellers may have helped to sustain the control of the epidemic.ConclusionsAggregated indicators of case notifications and severity distributions are essential for monitoring an epidemic. A publicly available database containing these indicators and information regarding control measures is a useful resource for further research and policy planning in response to the COVID-19 epidemic.