Mortality Rates update 2

Another partial update on the mortality rates for the coronavirus. This is developing fast enough that another update was needed. There were significant increases in the number of cases in South Korea, Italy and Iran. I am now listing all countries with more than 60 cases:

Country…………………….Cases……..Deaths………..Rate

World Wide…………………85,954…….2,941……………3.42%

S. Korea……………………..3,150………..16…………….0.51%

Italy………………………..…1,128………..29…………….2.57%

Iran……………………………..593………..43…………….7.25%

Japan…………………………..241…………5.……………2.08%

Singapore……………………..102…………0……………..0%

Hong Kong……………………..94…………2……………..2.13%

Germany………………………..79…………0……………..0%

France…………………………..73…………2……………..2.74%

United States…………………..68…………1……………..1.47%

Cruise Ships………..…….…..705…………6……………..0.85%

 

Data is from Johns Hopkins CSSE 2/28/20 as of 1:23.10 PM EST. It is here: Johns Hopkins CSSE

A few observations:

  1. S. Korea lower mortality rate with over 3,000 cases either indicates that 1) they have exceptional health care 2) they have a younger population exposed, or 3) they are doing a better job in identifying all the people who have the disease. Suspect the later. If that is true for most of these cases, then any nation with a mortality rate of greater than 0.50% could be undercounting the number of cases by several multiples.
  2. Italy has now exceeded over a thousand cases and suspect the number will continue to grow.
  3. Iran is still underreporting cases by the thousands.
  4. The cruise ship figure is interesting as it is a more contained environment. Japan quarantined 3,711 passengers and crew from the Diamond Princess. Of those 705 tested positive for Coronavirus and now six have died.
  5. The CSSE database is double counting some cases. For example their are 705 cases that tested positive on the cruise ships, 44 of them were shipped to the U.S. I believe their database counts those 44 among the 705 on the cruise ship and counts those 44 among the 68 in the U.S. If this is the case then the revised mortality statistics for the U.S. is 4.17% (removing those 44 cases).
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Christopher A. Lawrence
Christopher A. Lawrence

Christopher A. Lawrence is a professional historian and military analyst. He is the Executive Director and President of The Dupuy Institute, an organization dedicated to scholarly research and objective analysis of historical data related to armed conflict and the resolution of armed conflict. The Dupuy Institute provides independent, historically-based analyses of lessons learned from modern military experience.
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Mr. Lawrence was the program manager for the Ardennes Campaign Simulation Data Base, the Kursk Data Base, the Modern Insurgency Spread Sheets and for a number of other smaller combat data bases. He has participated in casualty estimation studies (including estimates for Bosnia and Iraq) and studies of air campaign modeling, enemy prisoner of war capture rates, medium weight armor, urban warfare, situational awareness, counterinsurgency and other subjects for the U.S. Army, the Defense Department, the Joint Staff and the U.S. Air Force. He has also directed a number of studies related to the military impact of banning antipersonnel mines for the Joint Staff, Los Alamos National Laboratories and the Vietnam Veterans of American Foundation.
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His published works include papers and monographs for the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment and the Vietnam Veterans of American Foundation, in addition to over 40 articles written for limited-distribution newsletters and over 60 analytical reports prepared for the Defense Department. He is the author of Kursk: The Battle of Prokhorovka (Aberdeen Books, Sheridan, CO., 2015), America’s Modern Wars: Understanding Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam (Casemate Publishers, Philadelphia & Oxford, 2015), War by Numbers: Understanding Conventional Combat (Potomac Books, Lincoln, NE., 2017) , The Battle of Prokhorovka (Stackpole Books, Guilford, CT., 2019), The Battle for Kyiv (Frontline Books, Yorkshire, UK, 2023), Aces at Kursk (Air World, Yorkshire, UK, 2024), Hunting Falcon: The Story of WWI German Ace Hans-Joachim Buddecke (Air World, Yorkshire, UK, 2024) and The Siege of Mariupol (Frontline Books, Yorkshire, UK, 2024).
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Mr. Lawrence lives in northern Virginia, near Washington, D.C., with his wife and son.

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2 Comments

  1. “S. Korea lower mortality rate with over 3,000 cases either indicates that 1) they have exceptional health care 2) they have a younger population exposed, or 3) they are doing a better job in identifying all the people who have the disease. ”

    According to experts it is indeed 3. The scary situation is in Iran, with around 60 dead people the number of undedected infected people is around 5000-10000, they infect at the moment the ME and from there Africa. Iran lacks testing facilities.

  2. “The cruise ship figure is interesting as it is a more contained environment. Japan quarantined 3,711 passengers and crew from the Diamond Princess. Of those 705 tested positive for Coronavirus and now six have died.”

    As the age structure of the passengers is worse than the average, the cruise ship is for me the worst case scenario.
    Academic Experts in Germany calculate with 0.5% lethality of all infected persons.

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