When will the Covid-19 pandemic peak?

In Oliver Linton's new Special Paper, he carries out some analysis of the daily data on the number of new cases and number of new deaths by (191) countries as reported to the European CDC. He works with a quadratic time trend model applied to the log of new cases for each country. This seems to accurately describe the trajectory of the epidemic in China. The model is used to predict when the peak of the epidemic will arise in terms of new cases or new deaths in other large countries. He finds that for the UK, this peak is mostly likely to occur within the next two weeks. The total number of cases per day will peak at around 8000 yielding a little more than 255,000 cases in total.

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