Scientists at Japan’s Chiba University plotted the trajectory of the virus across the world and said they noticed stark regional disparities, as the Washington Post reports.
“That means we need to take into consideration regional differences first, before analyzing what policies and other factors are affecting the spread of infection in any given country,” Akihiro Hisaka head of the university’s Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences said.
Even allowing for different testing policies and counting methods, and questions over full disclosure of cases, stark differences in mortality across the world have caught the attention of researchers trying to crack the coronavirus code.
Various regions of Asia reacted quickly to the threat and largely started social distancing earlier on. But researchers are also examining other factors, including differences in genetics and immune system responses, separate virus strains and regional contrasts in obesity levels and general health.
China, where the virus emerged late last year in Wuhan, has recorded fewer than 5,000 deaths, which translates to three deaths per million inhabitants. Japan has around seven per million, Pakistan six, South Korea and Indonesia five, India three and Thailand fewer than one per million. Vietnam, Cambodia and Mongolia recorded zero Covid-19-related deaths.
As we reported before, the number of Kyiv citizens who got infected with coronavirus increased by 56 people in 24 hours. Totally, 2,849 cases of infection are spotted in the capital