Using data from 70 of the most COVID-19 affected countries, this paper attempts to explain the cross-country variations in the number of officially confirmed COVID-19 positive cases. The findings indicate that regional characteristics play an essential role. Percent of people living in the urban area, number of tests, air passenger transport also come out as determinants with substantial influence. Besides, the impacts of trade relationships with China and per capita health expenditure appear to be noteworthy. The study does not find evidence in favor of the endogeneity of the total number of tests done.
COVID-19 Economics Variation in Coronavirus cases Air Passenger Transport Trade with China