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Hard and fast: why female leaders have creamed men in fighting Covid-19

The stats are clear: if you’re ruled by a woman, you’re far more likely to survive the virus. Why is this so?

Jennifer Rigby, Dominic Gilbert and Sarah Newey

Women make up less than seven percent of political leaders globally,  but from Taiwan to Iceland the response to coronavirus by countries with women at the helm has been seen as among the most effective at keeping deaths down and the spread of infection under control.

The statistics back up this impression: when this publication compared the responses of different nations, plotting deaths per million against the proportion of tests being done per confirmed case — arguably the clearest way to measure government response — four of the top 10 countries are led by women: Taiwan, New Zealand, Iceland and Estonia. There are some caveats, of course. Belgium, led by Sophie Wilmès, has had one of the worst outbreaks in Europe, in terms of deaths per capita, with 7,207 among its 11.5 million residents, a figure which includes care home deaths.

And there are a number of countries with male leaders who have also responded well, notably Vietnam, South Korea and Australia...

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