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Short version: The Isle of Man results are roughly the same order of magnitude as the results elsewhere in the British Isles on each of these areas. The Isle of Man results are horrific and terrible compared to the other jurisdictions compared here.

Long version: These countries have been arbitrarily chosen by myself to compare the Isle of Man with other relevant jurisdictions. If you think another country should be added, please comment below. All of this uses the latest publicly available data as of the evening of 11 May 2020. These tables show all the Government-reported data from each jurisdiction.

I’ve created an online table to provide clear, honest and comparisons between the Isle of Man and other jurisdictions which is available online here. Anyone can view the underlying data.

The Isle of Man is the left-most column in each chart, and the different countries are listed in the order they were added to my records.

If you think that there is an error here, please comment below or email me anytime. In the interests of open and transparent science, I’m freely licensing the charts in accordance with the Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license.

Isle of Man Coronavirus Death Rate Compared to Other Countries

The Isle of Man has a substantially lower death rate than either the United Kingdom or Scotland. The Isle of Man has a death rate which is slightly lower than the Republic of Ireland and slightly higher than Jersey. The Isle of Man’s death rate is substantially higher than Northern Ireland, Guernsey and the Isle of Wight.

The Isle of Man’s death rate is many many times higher than Hawai’i, Tasmania, New Zealand, Iceland, Malta and Australia.

The BBC outlined some limitations with making international comparisons of death rates back on 21 April, but this really only applies to the death rate comparison above. The United Kingdom and the Crown Dependencies, however, appear to use the same definitions of a Coronavirus from 30 April onwards, and thus, those areas are now directly comparable. In the case of these jurisdictions outside these Isles, the death rate has been so much lower that even data collection issues could not account for these massive differences.

Isle of Man Coronavirus Cases Per Million Compared to Other Countries

The per capita number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the Isle of Man is lower than in Iceland and the Republic of Ireland. There have been more coronavirus cases detected in the Isle of Man than in Guernsey, Jersey, the United Kingdom (both Scotland and Northern Ireland). There have been far far more cases in the Isle of Man than in Malta, the Isle of Wight, Hawai’i, Tasmania, Australia and New Zealand.

The number of cases per million is very weakly correlated with the number of tests performed in this collection of jurisdictions. The R² is only 0.341. This tells us that there is not much of a connection between the number of cases detected and the number of tests performed in this sample.

Isle of Man Coronavirus Tests Per Million Compared to Other Countries

Iceland has conducted around three times more tests than any other jurisdiction in this sample. The Isle of Man has tested around less than Guernsey. The Isle of Man has tested a little more than Jersey, the United Kingdom, Tasmania, New Zealand and Australia per capita. The Isle of Man has tested much more than in Hawai’i, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

I do not have data for testing numbers in the Isle of Wight, Malta or the Republic of Ireland. If anyone knows where that data is available, please email me anytime or comment below.

12 May update – fixed a spelling error, and re-ordered some paragraphs to make it clearer.

Michael Josem is a long-term consumer advocate, most prominently as a global leader in combating fraud in the online gambling industry. He was in part the inspiration for the 20th Century Fox Movie, Runner Runner, starring Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake.

Josem has over a decade of experience as a senior business leader working across various high-tech and online industries, and takes action to build a better community. His primary volunteer roles include service for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, and Graih, the homelessness charity.

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