I wrote a post on this exact issue just a week ago.
I have been doing Data Analytics Studies on the Coronavirus Pandemic for 25 days. The 30 countries chosen for the Studies are not just because these have reported the highest number of cases, but also because they comprise the most populated nations on earth – that is why Bangladesh, Nigeria and Vietnam are part of the study.
The Table with data from the chosen 30 countries comprises 1,366,748 COVID-19 cases (up 5.5% from 1,295,092 yesterday), which is 89.4% of the total 1,529,084 cases (up 5.67% from 1,446,981 yesterday) reported at 10:00 am UTC today, and is therefore more than a good reference sample.
The average “Mortality Rate” (number of deaths as a percentage of those who had tested positive for Coronavirus) for the 30 countries is 6.2% (up from 5.5% a week ago). The median of 4% (up from 3.3% a week ago).
The average Mortality Rate is 10.8% (up from 9.2%) for the Top 10 countries in this Study, 3.8% (up from 2.9%) for the Middle 10 countries, and just 1.9% (up from 1.3%) for the Bottom 10 countries.
Is the Mortality Rate high in Italy (45.5), UK (40.5), Netherlands (42.6), Belgium (41.4), Spain (42.7), France (41.4), Bangladesh (26.7), Indonesia (30.7), and Sweden (41.2) due to high median age (given in brackets after each country name)? If yes, then why are Bangladesh and Indonesia on the list?
On the other hand, why is the Mortality Rate so low in Russia (39.6), Australia (38.7), Thailand (37.7), South Korea (41.8), Japan (47.3), Germany (47.1), Austria (44), and USA (38.1), which also have relatively high median ages?
Do scientists or healthcare professionals have any explanations?
LATEST UPDATES (at 5:00 pm UTC):
- The world now has almost 1.569 million cases
- The global death toll has crossed 92,000
- India has 6,653 cases and 206 deaths, as per covid19india.org
- Spain became the second country after USA to cross 150,000 cases
- UK became the 8th country to cross 60,000 cases, Turkey the 9th to cross 40,000 cases, Netherlands the 12th to cross 20,000, and Russia the 18th to cross 10,000 cases
The number of countries with 5000+ cases is 29 (up from 16 on March 31)
35 countries have 4000+ cases (up from 29 on April 6)
39 countries have 3000+ cases (up from 34 on April 8)
47 countries have 2000+ cases (up from 30 on March 31)
63 countries have 1000+ cases (up from 44 on March 31)
- Italy became the first country with over 18,000 deaths, USA the third (after Spain) with over 15,000 deaths, UK the fifth (after France) with over 7,000 deaths, and Iran the sixth with over 4,000 deaths
- 10 countries have 2000+ deaths (up from 8 on April 3)
- 14 countries have 500+ deaths (up from 12 on April 3)
- 26 countries have 200+ deaths (up from 25 on April 8)
- 33 countries have 100+ deaths (up from 23 on April 3)