Data | Coronavirus death rates peak in Italy and Spain

Italy’s death toll crossed the 1,500 mark four days ahead of China’s

Updated - March 17, 2020 12:44 am IST

Published - March 17, 2020 12:11 am IST

People wearing protective masks walk through Florence as Italy battles a coronavirus outbreak, in Florence, Italy, March 7, 2020.

People wearing protective masks walk through Florence as Italy battles a coronavirus outbreak, in Florence, Italy, March 7, 2020.

Europe has become the epicentre of the novel coronavirus pandemic since last week, according to the World Health Organization. Western countries such as Italy and Spain have emerged as new epicentres with the progression of deaths surpassing China’s. In five European nations, the death rate has surpassed the recovery rate as of March 15.

Deaths exponentially higher in Italy and Spain

The chart shows the day-wise progression of COVID-19 deaths since the 10th death in each country. The progression of deaths in Spain and Italy has become exponentially higher, even surpassing that of China’s.

Where have the deaths increased the most?

image/svg+xml246810121416182022241020501002005001,0002,000Deaths20005001005010614101822DeathsDays since 10th deathItalySpainIranFranceU.S.S. KoreaJapanNetherlandsU.K.7th day:Death toll in Spainsurpassed death toll in China15th day:Toll in Italysurpassed toll in ChinaChinadeathson its2had 1,66225th day

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Progression of deaths

The table lists the no. of days in which a certain number of deaths occured in a country since the 10th death. For instance, in five days 50 deaths occured in China and Spain, while in Italy this happened over a week.

How has the death toll progressed?


Spain’s toll crossed the 200 mark two days ahead of China’s. Italy’s toll crossed the 1,500 mark four days ahead of China’s.

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Recovery rate

The graph plots the no. of victims who recovered since the 10th recovery in each country. The progression of recovery in Iran and Spain is better than it was in China, while in Italy it is similar. The U.S. has a very poor rate.

Where have the patients recovered the most?

image/svg+xml20000500010002005010Number258111417202326293235381020501002005001,0002,0005,00010,00020,000Recovery281420263238RecoveriesDays since 10th recoveryItalyS. KoreaBahrainSpainIranJapanSingaporeThailandAustraliaFranceGermanyU.S.China had 36,291recoveries on its38th day

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Death vs Recovery

Chart plots fatality rate (deaths as a % of all cases) against recovery rate (recoveries as a % of all cases) as of March 15. Nations where death rate > recovery rate are represented using blue circles. The bigger the circle more the cases.

Comparison of death and recovery rates

image/svg+xml01234567890.10.20.512510205010010020510.202468Recovery rateDeath rateThe Philippineshas a deathrate of 7.8 andrecovery rateof 1.4ItalyIranChinaJapanSpainS. KoreaIraq has thehighest death rateU.K.FranceThe NetherlandsSwitzerlandU.S.

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