COVID-19 deaths worldwide per million population as of September 16, 2020, by country

Based on a comparison of coronavirus deaths in 191 countries relative to their population, Peru had the most losses to COVID-19 up until September 16, 2020. As of the same date, the virus had infected over 29.5 million people worldwide, and the number of deaths had totaled more than 935,000. Note, however, that COVID-19 test rates can vary per country. Additionally, big differences show up between countries when combining the number of deaths against confirmed COVID-19 cases.

The difficulties of death figures

This table aims to provide a complete picture on the topic, but it very much relies on data that has become more difficult to compare. As the coronavirus pandemic developed across the world, countries already used different methods to count fatalities, and they sometimes changed them during the course of the pandemic. On April 16, for example, the Chinese city of Wuhan added a 50 percent increase in their death figures to account for community deaths. These deaths occurred outside of hospitals and went unaccounted for so far. The state of New York did something similar two days before, revising their figures with 3,700 new deaths as they started to include “assumed” coronavirus victims. The United Kingdom started counting deaths in care homes and private households on April 29, adjusting their number with about 5,000 new deaths (which were corrected lowered again by the same amount on August 18). This makes an already difficult comparison even more difficult. Belgium, for example, counts suspected coronavirus deaths in their figures, whereas other countries have not done that (yet). This means two things. First, it could have a big impact on both current as well as future figures. On April 16 already, UK health experts stated that if their numbers were corrected for community deaths like in Wuhan, the UK number would change from 205 to “above 300”. This is exactly what happened two weeks later. Second, it is difficult to pinpoint exactly which countries already have “revised” numbers (like Belgium, Wuhan or New York) and which ones do not. One work-around could be to look at (freely accessible) timelines that track the reported daily increase of deaths in certain countries. Several of these are available on our platform, such as for Belgium, Italy and Sweden. A sudden large increase might be an indicator that the domestic sources changed their methodology.

Where are these numbers coming from?

The numbers shown here were collected by Johns Hopkins University, a source that manually checks the data with domestic health authorities. For the majority of countries, this is from national authorities. In some cases, like China, the United States, Canada or Australia, city reports or other various state authorities were consulted. In this statistic, these separately reported numbers were put together. For more information or other freely accessible content, please visit our dedicated Facts and Figures page.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths worldwide per one million population as of September 16, 2020, by country

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Sources

Release date

September 2020

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

Data as of September 16, 2020, 09:22 CET

Special properties

¹ Daily change compared to Data as of September 15, 2020, 09:22 CET. Based on 2018 population figures; ² Figures without this country's dependencies. If daily change is negative, then the dependencies reported new figures earlier than the “main” country; This table shows worldwide countries with a population of one million or more. 41 countries or dependencies with a smaller population can be found under the "Details" tab.

Supplementary notes

The numbers shown here are not an automated update but a manual one. Numbers can change fast, sometimes within minutes, after they show on this platform. It's Statista's policy to update these numbers at least once per day, but we strive to do this more frequently than that. This includes updates on Saturday and Sunday. Delays are, however, possible.

For this statistic, numbers reported by Johns Hopkins University have been compared with the latest available population numbers. The population numbers in the table are rough indicates, the calculation used more precise numbers. Spain's population, for example, is 46.72 in the table but was 46.723749 in the calculation. Hence that the "deaths per million" might differ.

² The source originally put numbers together for some countries and their dependencies. Denmark included, for example, numbers for Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands, whereas the Netherlands included numbers for Curacao, Aruba and the Dutch part of Saint Martin. The United States had similar issues with Guam, Puerto Rico, the (U.S.) Virgin Islands and the Northern Mariana Islands. To avoid confusion, these numbers have been separated: the numbers for the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands and Denmark only concern the "main" country. The number for the United States only concerns the 50 states.

For consistency, countries with a smaller population (and a potentially much higher impact of coronavirus deaths) were not included in the table. These countries were as follows:

  • San Marino, 42 deaths, roughly 1,243 per million;
  • Andorra, 53 deaths, 688 per million;
  • Sint Maarten (Dutch part), 19 deaths, 467 per million;
  • Isle of Man, 24 deaths, 285 per million;
  • Channel Islands, 48 deaths, 282 per million;
  • French Guiana, 64 deaths, 216 per million;
  • Aruba, 22 deaths, 208 per million;
  • Luxembourg, 124 deaths, 204 per million;
  • Montenegro, 123 deaths, 197 per million;
  • Monaco, 4 deaths, 103 per million;
  • The Bahamas, 69 deaths, 179 per million;
  • Virgin Islands (U.S.), 19 deaths, 178 per million;
  • Guam, 28 deaths, 169 per million;
  • Suriname, 95 deaths, 165 per million;
  • St Martin (French part), 6 deaths, 161 per million;
  • Mayotte, 40 deaths, 148 per million;
  • Bermuda, 9 deaths, 141 per million;
  • Turks and Caicos Islands, 5 deaths, 133 per million;
  • Cabo Verde, 46 deaths, 85 per million;
  • Guyana, 58 deaths, 74 per million;
  • Sao Tome and Principe, 15 deaths, 71 per million;
  • Maldives, 33 deaths, 64 per million;
  • Djibouti, 61 deaths, 64 per million;
  • Belize, 22 deaths, 57 per million;
  • Guadeloupe, 20 deaths, 52 per million;
  • Martinique, 18 deaths, 49 per million;
  • Northern Mariana Islands, 2 deaths, 35 per million;
  • British Virgin Islands, 1 death, 34 per million;
  • Malta, 16 deaths, 33 per million;
  • Antigua and Barbuda, 3 deaths, 31 per million;
  • Iceland, 10 deaths, 28 per million;
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadinese, 3 deaths, 27 per million;
  • Liechtenstein, 1 death, 26 per million;
  • Barbados, 7 deaths, 24 per million;
  • Réunion, 15 deaths, 17 per million;
  • Cayman Islands, 1 death, 16 per million;
  • Comoros, 7 deaths, 8 per million;
  • French Polynesia, 2 deaths, 7 per million;
  • Brunei, 3 deaths, 7 per million;
  • Curaçao, 1 death, 6 per million;
  • Fiji, 2 deaths, 2 per million;

For some countries no calculation could be done. These were Burma (39 deaths), Montserrat (1 death), Taiwan (7 deaths) and Western Sahara (1 death).

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