We do like comparisons of figures and statistics here at Money Guide Ireland.
Usually we compare things like Energy prices or broadband costs, but we have dug out some interesting but maybe scary comparisons of the numbers of deaths related to Covid-19
The death figure for Ireland as of April 12th works out at
65 deaths per million people. The USA is 62. The more shocking figure is the UK at 145 deaths per million people.
We all see the death counts from various countries on the news every day – but they are meaningless unless they can be linked to the population size.
Comparing data on the numbers of confirmed cases is fairly irrelevant because it depends on how many tests have been carried out. The data on deaths is more meaningful (as long as the countries have reported them accurately).
As you can see from the graph below taken from HERE – Ireland has slightly higher total death figures per million people than the USA . We have also shown the total world figures and the UK figures for comparison .
Of course – there are countries with much higher deaths per million people than Ireland . But we need to realise that a figure of 320 deaths might look fairly small – but it is the equivalent of the USA having 20,000 deaths. (The highest number of all countries in the world)