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Covid-19: Why are deaths rates higher in some countries?

A common reason for the coronavirus turning into an unmanageable crisis is initial underestimations.

While coronavirus has now spread to almost all countries of the globe, some have been affected more than others, leading many to wonder how certain countries have been reporting hundreds of deaths sometimes nearing 1,000 in a day despite having decent healthcare systems.

As of today, April 16, 2020 2:30pm PST, US has the highest number of deaths in the world at 30,985, followed by Italy at 21,645 and Spain at 19,130.

China’s death toll, since the first case reported in December stands at 3,346

As of April 16, 2020 07:00 AM, 100 cases have been confirmed in N. Cyprus, none of which are known to have recovered. At least 4 people have died due to the disease.

Underestimating of the crisis

A common reason for the virus turning into an unmanageable crisis is initial underestimations. Be it Iran, US, UK, Spain or Italy, all these nations initially believed the covid-19 will not hit them as hard as it did.

Rather than moving quickly to contain the spread Iranian authorities for example, continued to misreport numbers downplay the situation and religious activities continued despite government appeals until the situation was completely out of hand.

Governments in Europe however failed to learn from Iran’s example and soon found themselves in even worse conditions.

There was a lot of spread before people realised (the virus was present) Alexander Edwards, an immunology expert at the University of Reading told AFNC about the situation in Italy.

The United Kingdom chose to trod the herd immunity path until it was too late and PM Boris Johnson was forced to track back and close the country down.

The impact of not moving early and imposing a lockdown can be truly captured comparing UK’s response to its neighbour Ireland where things are much better, although far from being under control.

While Ireland cancelled its St Patrick’s Day parades scheduled for mid March, concerts continued to be held in UK.

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