An Oxford University and Catalan Institute of Health joint-study has said that the mortality rate in Spain stands at 4% one of the highest in Europe.
The study also found that two thirds of cases are women but the death rate is higher in men, for which a reason isn’t clear.
Some of the theories from researchers reason that this is down to a ‘protective component’ within females which may explain their lower mortality rate.
Research Professor of Pharmaco and Device Epidemiology Daniel Prieto-Alhambra, of Oxford University, says the biggest factor found is that the Covid-19 virus is between ‘five and ten times more deadly than the flu virus.’
Over a thirty day study the researchers found that the mortality rate is 4.8% for men and 3.4% for women and that the death figures increase with age with over 65s the worst hit.
Cases for the over 75s the figure is a staggering 20% mortality rate.
Studies regarding why the mortality rate is lower in women over men is ongoing amongst international health committees.