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6% of Confirmed Coronavirus-19 Cases End in Death.

6% of Confirmed Coronavirus-19 Cases End in Death.

Eric Zuesse

As of the end of the day on May 28th (start of May 29th), there had been a global total of 5,900,880 confirmed cases of Covid-19 (or coronavirus-19), and 361,776 total deaths confirmed from that disease. That’s a 6.1% death-rate.

However, it varies considerably by country. Here are the ten countries having the most coronavirus cases, and, for each of these countries, the number of cases and of deaths which have resulted from its cases, and then the percentage-ratio of those deaths to its total number of cases:

1: USA, 1,768,461 / 103,330  / 5.8%

2: Brazil, 438,812  /  26,991  /  6.2%

3: Russia, 379,051  /  4,142  /  1.1%

4: Spain, 284,986  /  37,119  /  13.0%

5: UK, 269,127  /  37,837  /  14.1%

6: Italy, 231,732  /  33,142  /  14.3%

7: France, 186,238  /  28,662  /  15.3%

8: Germany, 182,452  /  8,570  /  4.7%

9: India, 165,386  /  4,711  /  2.8%

10: Turkey, 160,979  /  4,461  /  2.8%

Some other countries (which I have previously discussed and analyzed here):

25: Sweden, 35,727  /  4,266  /  11.9%

47: Denmark, 11,512  /  568  /  4.9%

15: China, 82,995  /  4,634  /  5.6%

48: S. Korea, 11,344  /  269  /  2.4%

101: Venezuela, 1,325  /  11  /  0.1%

139: Taiwan, 441  /  7  / 0.2%

147: Vietnam, 327  /  0  / 0.0%

And here, that will be repeated, but at the end of each line now will be added, first, the nation’s infection-rate (number of cases per million of population); and, second, the percentage that the number of cases there increased on May 28th (this latter being an indication as to how rapidly Covid-19 is now spreading in that country); and, third, that nation’s overall death-rate (deaths per million population) from the epidemic:

1: USA, 1,768,461 / 103,330  / 5.8%  /  5,346  /  1.3%  /  312

2: Brazil, 438,812  /  26,991  /  6.2%  /  2,066  /  5.5%  / 127

3: Russia, 379,051  /  4,142  /  1.1%  /  2,598  /  2.2%  /  28

4: Spain, 284,986  /  37,119  /  13.0%  /  6,096  /  0.4%  /  580

5: UK, 269,127  /  37,837  /  14.1%  /  3,966  /  0.7%  /  558

6: Italy, 231,732  /  33,142  /  14.3%  /  3,832  /  0.3%  /  548

7: France, 186,238  /  28,662  /  15.3%  /  2,854  /  1.8%  /  439

8: Germany, 182,452  /  8,570  /  4.7%  /  2,178  /  0.3%  /  102

9: India, 165,386  /  4,711  /  2.8%  /  120  / 4.4%  /  3

10: Turkey, 160,979  /  4,461  /  2.8%  /  1,911  /  0.7%  /  53

Some other countries:

25: Sweden, 35,727  /  4,266  /  11.9%  /  3,540  / 1.8%  /  423

47: Denmark, 11,512  /  568  /  4.9%  /  1,988  / 0.3%  /  98

15: China, 82,995  /  4,634  /  5.6%  /  58  /  0.0%  /  3

48: S. Korea, 11,344  /  269  /  2.4%  /  221  /  0.7%  /  5

101: Venezuela, 1,325  /  11  /  0.1%  /  47  /  6.0%  /  0.4

139: Taiwan, 441  /  7  / 0.2%  /  19  /  1.6%  /  0.3

147: Vietnam, 327  /  0  / 0.0%  /  3  / 0.0%  /  0.0

Verbal explanations for the above variations between countries can be found in my May 24th “Ideology and Coronavirus”, and in my May 11th “America’s Percentage of World’s Coronavirus Cases Is Now Declining”.

Obviously, the best-governed countries would be those that have the lowest infection-rate, the slowest (if any) increase-rate, and the lowest overall Covid-19 death-rate. Those are the three bottom-line measures, and, for each one of these countries, they are the last three numbers that are being shown here.

The biggest public-policy finding that is proven in the existing data is (as I stated it in each of those prior two articles):

In order to minimize the economic damage, controlling the epidemic is basic — whatever is sound policy for the public’s health is also sound economic policy.

The supposed either-or choice (trade-off) that exists between those two objectives does not exist.

I discussed Sweden and Denmark on May 11th because in almost all international rankings they are extremely similar, but their policies diverged strikingly on Covid-19 and have since produced as close as can be to a controlled experiment, Sweden taking a very libertarian policy-approach, and Denmark doing the opposite a democratic socialist approach.

Prior to May 11th, many commentators were arguing that Denmark’s measures were unnecessary because up till around May 1st both countries differed ONLY in their policy-approaches (and so those commentators were saying that Denmark would suffer economic harms for nothing, no health-gain). But the result turned out to be the exact opposite: Sweden’s placing the economy above the public’s health turned out to hurt both their public’s health and their economy. It was clear.

Furthermore, all of the countries (China etc.) that have the best bottomline numbers on coronavirus took extremely socialist approaches, totally obsessing on protection of public health, and willing to pay any price (including severe risk of losing public support) to do so.

The finding is consistent throughout all of the bottom-line results that I have analyzed in the data, and the same conclusion has been shown for as long a time as I have been analyzing the bottom-line data.

That’s always the way I approach any analytical problem, but usually there aren’t enough bottom-line data that start to be showing themselves so quickly as has happened in regard to Covid-19. As soon as enough reliable data appeared in order for me to begin to form conclusions, I started publishing articles on them. And, by now, the conclusions are pretty clear, in my opinion. I’m always seeking to change my mind on everything, but I rarely do change my mind, because I don’t even begin to form a conclusion until there’s already lots of solid and trustworthy data, and then I start to consider them. I don’t speculate, on anything. I avoid speculation, as much as is possible. I have no opinion unless I have examined enough data and have verified enough of the data on my own (so that when I do start to theorize I am ignoring all of it that’s fake) and am finally able to understand what the key variables actually are, which have been shaping those numbers. Only at that point do I even start to theorize. Then I constantly refine my theory, as a larger amount of reliable data have become available.

Anyway: libertarianism is a crock. That’s clear.

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Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of  CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.

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Olivia Kroth
May 30, 2020

WHO is assessing damage done by US actions

https://tass.com/world/1162051

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
May 30, 2020

MOSCOW, May 30. /TASS/. The World Health Organization is in the process of assessing damage done to its programs by US actions, the organization’s representative in Russia Melita Vujnovic told TASS on Friday. “We are aware of the latest news, and the leadership of our organization is assessing the problem, including how it would influence our programs,” she said. US President Donald Trump said on Friday his country was terminating its relationship with the World Health Organization “because they have failed to make the requested and greatly needed reforms.” The US funding of about $450 million will be redirected for… Read more »

ManintheMoon
ManintheMoon
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
May 30, 2020

The WHO seems to be as corrupted as OPCW. Bill Gates is already the largest contributor and seems to be calling the shots. He can easily afford to make up the difference.

ManintheMoon
ManintheMoon
May 30, 2020

If there was ever an example of the misuse of statistics this is it! The vast majority of tests are carried out on people who have been hospitalised because they are already seriously ill. It’s admitted that many of those who have caught covid-19 are hardly ill at all. There have been various estimates of death rates, but the worst case scenario is about a tenth of the ludicrous figure quoted by Zuesse. He does his credibility no good at all by this nonsense – I’ll look at his other articles with even more scepticism than I do now.

Platon
Platon
Reply to  ManintheMoon
May 30, 2020

I stopped reading Dr Seuss when I was eight years old.

Platon
Platon
May 30, 2020

I missed
where you explain that the more testing we do the lower the death rate per capita or as a percentage becomes. Perhaps you did say it, and would agree that that figure is the most important missing piece of the puzzle. All the other numbers are shaky, in fact. But since testing is also unreliable we can only ever have an approximation of what is going on which the Vaxxer Faction will always skew for its own purposes.

Hawaiiguy
Hawaiiguy
May 30, 2020

6 percent, haha, now that’s fake news.

Olivia Kroth
May 31, 2020

TASS:
 
Coronavirus cases surpass six million globally. The cases have doubled in a month.
 
https://tass.com/society/1162201

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
May 31, 2020

MOSCOW, May 30. /TASS/. The number of the novel coronavirus cases has surpassed six million worldwide, according to TASS estimates based on the governments’ official statements along with the conclusions made by experts and the media in the affected countries. According to the latest data, as many as 6,002,403 people have been infected. Of those, 366,674 (or 6.11%) died. The cases have doubled approximately for a month, as the threshold of three million was passed on April 27. The United States sits at the top, accounting for a third of all cases. According to the New York Times’ estimates, the… Read more »

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