Of Worst-Hit Countries, US Has Third-Lowest Fatality Rate, Third-Lowest Per Capita Death Toll

By Patrick Goodenough | April 6, 2020 | 3:49am EDT
Medical personnel outside a New York hospital acknowledge applause as people show their gratitude to those on the front lines of the pandemic. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
Medical personnel outside a New York hospital acknowledge applause as people show their gratitude to those on the front lines of the pandemic. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) – Of the 12 countries reporting the highest numbers of confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease COVID-19, the United States has the third-lowest fatality rate.

As of early Monday, 337,620 confirmed cases had been reported in the U.S., and a total of 9,616 deaths – a fatality rate of 2.84 percent.

That compares to a global fatality rate of 5.44 percent (a total of 1,275,542 confirmed cases worldwide, of which 69,498 have resulted in death). The figures are from the real-time database of the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

The measure is a crude one, as the number of confirmed cases reported in any one country depends to a large degree on how widespread the testing is. Furthermore, in at least two of the 12 countries with the highest numbers of cases, China and Iran, serious doubts have been raised about the reliability of the data being reported, relating both to cases and to deaths.

With those provisos, as of Monday the fatality rate in the U.S. is lower than nine of the 12 countries with the largest number of cases, with only Germany (1.58 percent) and Turkey (2.12 percent) faring better.

The highest fatality rate among the 12 remains Italy, which also has the highest death toll – 15,887 fatalities. Italy’s fatality rate is 12.32 percent. Britain is next.

The 12, in order, are:

Italy:  128,948 cases, 15,887 deaths – a fatality rate of 12.32 percent

Britain: 48,440 cases, 4,934 deaths – a fatality rate of 10.18 percent

Netherlands:  17,953 cases, 1,766 deaths – a fatality rate of 9.83 percent

Spain:  131,646 cases, 12,641 deaths – a fatality rate of 9.6 percent

France:  93,780 cases, 8,078 deaths – a fatality rate of 8.61 percent

Belgium:  19,691 cases, 1,447 deaths – a fatality rate of 7.34 percent

Iran:  58,226 cases, 3,603 deaths – a fatality rate of 6.18 percent

China:  82,626 cases, 3,333 deaths – a fatality rate of 4.03 percent

Switzerland:  20,100 cases, 715 deaths – a fatality rate of 3.55 percent

United States: 337,620 cases, 9,616 deaths – a fatality rate of 2.84 percent

Turkey:  27,069 cases, 574 deaths – a fatality rate of 2.12 percent

Germany:  100,123 cases, 1,584 deaths – a fatality rate of 1.58 percent

(Graph: CNSNews.com/Data: CSSE, Johns Hopkins University)
(Graph: CNSNews.com/Data: CSSE, Johns Hopkins University)

Meanwhile, of the ten countries reporting the highest numbers of COVID-12 deaths, the United States has the third-lowest number of deaths in proportion to its national population, at 0.0028 percent.

The two countries with a lower per capita COVID-19 death toll are Germany (0.0019 percent) and China (0.0002 percent).

(Graph: CNSNews.com / Data: CSSE, Johns Hopkins University, CIA World Fact Book)
(Graph: CNSNews.com / Data: CSSE, Johns Hopkins University, CIA World Fact Book)

Those with a higher per capital death rate than the United States are:

Italy: 0.0254 percent

Spain: 0.0252 percent

Belgium:  0.0123 percent

France:  0.0119 percent

Netherlands:  0.0102 percent

Britain: 0.0075 percent

Iran:  0.0042 percent

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