SPATIAL MODELLING OF COVID-19 INCIDENCE RATE IN CANADA
- Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1, Canada
Keywords: Statistical Regression, COVID-19, Ordinary Least Squares, Spatial Error Model, Spatial Lag Model, Canada
Abstract. The COVID-19 was first declared by World Health Organization (WHO) as global pandemic on March 11th 2020. While most of COVID-related studies have focused on epidemiological perspective, the spatial analysis of disease outbreak is also important to provide perceptions of transmission rates. Therefore, this paper attempts to identify the potential factors contributing to the COVID-19 incidence rate at provincial-level in Canada. Three statistical regression models, ordinary least squares (OLS), spatial error model, and spatial lag model (SLM) were applied to 14 independent variables including socio-demographic, economic, weather, health and facilities related factors. The results indicated that three factors including median income, diabetes and unemployment significantly affected the COVID-19 rates in Canada. Among three global models, the SLM performed the best to explain the key variables and spatial variability of disease incidence with a R2 value of 61%. However, in this study, the application of local regression models such as geographically weighted regression (GWR) and multiscale GWR (MGWR) have not been considered and this could be a scope for the future research.