Recoveries Vs. Deaths for 20 Countries with the Most Coronavirus cases

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I have been doing Data Analytics Studies on the Coronavirus Pandemic for 45 days. The 20 countries in this particular Study are amongst the 22 with the highest number of cases and represent 81.1% of all COVID-19 cases worldwide. UK and Netherlands are excluded as they have stopped reporting data for recoveries.

This study compares the percentage of recoveries and deaths in these 20 countries. The KEY is the “DIFFERENCE” in the third last column. I have posted on this same topic on three earlier occasions. Also, I have not seen any similar study anywhere, despite the fact I read a lot almost every day.

It’s nice to see the World’s figures sitting right at the median, with 10 countries above the world average and 10 below.

If we ignore China, whose figures no one believes in any case, why do Iran, Germany, and Switzerland have such high recovery rates and relatively low death rates, putting them on the top of the chart in terms of the difference between recoveries and deaths? Can anyone believe that Iran (with a 78.8% Recovery Rate) has far better healthcare than Sweden (5%), USA (13.8%), Belgium (23.6%), France (28.3%), Italy (34.2%) and Canada (38.4%)? Or do Iranians magically get cured, like in China?

Why do Sweden, Russia, USA, and Belgium have such low recovery rates?

The average Mortality Rate (Death %) in the world is already an alarming 6.9%. Why do Belgium (14.6%), France (14.3%), Italy (13.3%), Sweden (12.1%), and Spain (10.2%) have even higher Mortality Rates? And how do Saudi Arabia (0.7%), Russia (1%), Turkey (2.6%), Peru (2.7%), India (3.2%), Ecuador (3.6%), Germany (3.9%), and Portugal (4%) have such low Mortality Rates? Considering the level of development in these 13 countries, except Germany, shouldn’t the case be just the opposite?

If any researchers, scientists or healthcare professionals are able to find these answers, we will possibly move faster towards a cure for this deadly pandemic.

Some other questions that need to be asked:

(1) How has the Recovery Rate gone up so much in Turkey, Spain, Switzerland, and Germany in just 8 days?

(2) How has the Recovery Rate gone down so much in Peru, Brazil, Ireland, and Ecuador in just 8 days? Is it a coincidence that 3 of these 4 countries are in South America?

(2) How is the death rate in Ecuador, Saudi Arabia, and Spain gone down, when it has gone up in 14 countries and remained the same in 3 others?

(3) Why is the percentage of Active Cases so high in Portugal, Ecuador, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, and USA?

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LATEST UPDATES (at 1:00 pm UTC):

  • The world has crossed 3.17 million cases
  • The global death toll is over 220,300
  • India has reached 32,891 cases and 1,074 deaths as per In terms of rank in no. of cases, India is at No.15 (up from No.22 on April 14).
  • India’s Maharashtra state, with 9,915 cases, would rank No.36 in the world if it were a country (up from No.44 on April 24)
  • Italy became the 3rd country (after USA and Spain) to cross 200,000 cases
  • UK overtook Germany to the 5th rank in no. of cases
  • Brazil became the 11th country to cross 70,000 cases and Canada the 12th to cross 50,000 cases
  • India and Peru both overtook Switzerland in number of cases
  • 6 countries have crossed 150,000 cases (up from 1 on April 8)
  • 10 countries have crossed 75,000 cases (up from 4 on April 3)
  • 17 countries have crossed 25,000 cases (up from 11 on April 3)
  • 27 countries have crossed 15,000 cases (up from 16 on April 16)
  • 35 countries have crossed 10,000 cases (up from 23 on April 16)
  • 42 countries have crossed 7,500 cases (up from 26 on April 16)
  • 49 countries have crossed 5,000 cases (up from 20 on April 16)

  • Belgium became the 6th country to cross 7,500 deaths and Brazil the 9th to cross 5,000 deaths
  • 5 countries have 20,000+ deaths (up from just 1 on April 3)
  • 9 countries have 5000+ deaths (up from 5 on April 3)
  • 13 countries have 2500+ deaths (up from 7 on April 3)
  • 18 countries have 1000+ deaths (up from 10 on April 3)
  • 27 countries have 500+ deaths (up from 16 on April 16)


  1. If any researchers, scientists or healthcare professionals are able to find these answers, we will possibly move faster towards a cure for this deadly pandemic.:

    Kindly consider the hypothetical situation, that from tomorrow the new cases in India drop to zero. Not all the patients in the hospitals will recover, if 1000 patients die and 24000 recover, the total percentage of the death from corona in India will increase two folds in percentage terms.

    Similarly, if all countries with more than 25000 cases are analysed, which have with higher death rate than the world average, almost all are on the way to recovery, with daily active cases either stable or dropping rapidly (except Belgium).

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