Indeed, according to research I once did for a book, female leaders around the world haven’t been clearly better than male counterparts even at improving girls’ education or reducing maternal mortality.
Here are some other figures:
Death per Million Population
HK - 0.9
Thailand - 0.8
Taiwan - 0.3
China - 3
Singapore - 4
Malaysia - 4
Philippines - 11
Japan - 8
Laos, Cambodia, & Vietnam have no deaths.
These are Asian countries with oriental stock. Could that be a factor?
New Zealand and Australia has death rates of 4. They are close to Asia. Are the variants of the virus sufficiently different that the death rates/fatality are also different?
Speculation at best. But for now, yeah, let's chalk it up to women leaders.]