#COVID-19: Comparing provinces with other countries, Quebec similar to worst hit European countries

A number of us were discussing COVID-19 and the wide variances between different provinces in terms of infections and deaths. So we decided to see what the data looked like, comparing Canada and its provinces to other G7 countries and Australia, with New York and California.

The table below dramatizes just how. bad the situation is in Quebec, where Quebec has the second highest level of infections and the fourth highest level of deaths per million, comparable  to the worst hit European countries (data from the Globe’s daily tracker) Canada without Quebec is better than any other G7 country save Japan.

On the other hand, it highlights the West and Atlantic Canada with lower infection and death rates..

Per Million

2020-05-27

Population

Death

Infection

Death

Infection

New York 19.5 1,502.7 18,658.3 29,302 363,836
UK 66.5 558.3 4,009.1 37,130 266,602
Italy 60.4 545.6 3,817.1 32,955 230,555
Quebec 8.4 492.7 5,785.5 4,139 48,598
France 67.0 425.9 2,729.1 28,533 182,847
USA 326.7 302.8 5,146.7 98,929 1,681,418
Canada 37.8 175.6 2,292.2 6,639 86,647
Ontario 14.4 147.4 1,818.8 2,123 26,191
Germany 82.9 101.2 2,186.9 8,386 181,293
California 39.6 96.6 2,520.5 3,826 99,810
Canada less Quebec 29.3 84.6 1,288.7 2,500 38,049
Alberta 4.4 31.6 1,568.4 139 6,901
British Columbia 5.1 31.6 498.2 161 2,541
Atlantic Canada 2.4 25.8 612.9 62 1,471
Japan 126.5 6.7 131.4 846 16,623
Prairies (MB, SK) 2.6 5.8 356.2 15 926
Australia 25.2 4.1 283.3 103 7,139
Canadian population 2019, other countries 2018
Canada less Quebec 29.3

84.6

1,288.7

2,500

38,049

About Andrew
Andrew blogs and tweets public policy issues, particularly the relationship between the political and bureaucratic levels, citizenship and multiculturalism. His latest book, Policy Arrogance or Innocent Bias, recounts his experience as a senior public servant in this area.

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