Coronavirus: Why are the death rates different?

Many of us are tracking the daily coronavirus infection and death rates. You may have noticed that the death rates differ greatly from country to country. Here are some of the main reasons.

In Germany, the number of deaths from coronavirus is relatively low for the number of confirmed infections. The rate is lower than in Italy, where the number of deaths linked to confirmed Covid-19 infections remains extremely high. Currently, the rate in Germany is at 0.4 percent, with data from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA, suggesting the rate is 20 times higher in Italy.

Who gets tested?

An economist, Andreas Backhaus, has tweeted that the average age of coronavirus cases in Italy was 63 years and in Germany 45 years of age (at the time of his post).

That may be explained if […]

Timing of the epidemic

The course of the epidemic could provide a further explanation for the difference in death rates. […]

The health of a healthcare system

The most important question, however, is how well a country’s healthcare system is prepared for an outbreak[…]


Worldwide, the number of available intensive care beds is a varied story. In Germany, there are 29 beds per 100,000 people. In the USA there are 34 beds per 100,000 people. In Italy there are just 12 and in Spain just 10 intensive care beds per 100,000 people. […]


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