The largest two spikes in traffic were due to the launch announcement (2 mil views over its first 2 days), and Malaysia hitting the '90% of adults fully vaccinated milestone' (2 mil views in a single day). The former was likely due to massive traction on social media, while the latter was due to 90% being used as the trigger to allow interstate travel.
We cannot determine if the views from a country are from locals or simply Malaysians living or visiting, but the site's consistent latency and speed across all regions was something we consistently monitored.
This suggests that COVIDNOW may not have been the main source of information in rural areas versus traditional media, although this analysis is subject to the accuracy of aggregated location data from Google Analytics.
Although this trend was likely driven by the timing of data updates, the data is consistent with conventional wisdom on user behaviour - people read the news and browse social media in the morning.
While all these datapoints were useful to us in maintaining and optimising the site, the most important fact is that the vast majority of COVIDNOW's users accessed it from a mobile device. This is an important lesson - in the modern age, if your site is not mobile-friendly, you instantly lose a huge chunk of your traffic.