Look at this chart that I have compiled on the total number of reported Coronavirus cases in 36 countries, including 25 of the world’s most populous countries.
My analysis of the Data is given below – PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THE COMPARISONS ARE NOT BASED ON ABSOLUTE NUMBERS BUT ON THE NUMBER OF CASES PER 1,000 PEOPLE IN THAT COUNTRY.
The reported cases (per 1,000 people) in 11 European countries (including UK but excluding Russia) is average 7.5 times higher than that in China. The cases in 17 developed economies is 5.2 times higher than in China. Does this suggest that China has under-reported cases? Your guess is as good as mine.
How can the numbers in Russia be so low (just 5.31% compared to China) when all other European nations have numbers 28 times to 325 times that? All the Northern European nations have similar temperatures as Russia, so why are the statistics so different?
More important for us in India, how does the South Asian region have such low numbers (Sri Lanka only 7.13% of China; Pakistan only 6.56%; India only 0.55%; Bangladesh only 0.29% and Nepal only 0.06%)?
If higher temperatures slows down the spread of the disease, how come Malaysia and UAE have much higher numbers than Russia?
It is quite obvious that the bottom 14 countries (with the exception of Russia) are all under-developed nations with inadequate healthcare infrastructure, compliance standards and data reporting standards. The only surprise here (at least to me) is Russia – everything else (sort of) makes sense.