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COVID-19 deaths worldwide per million population as of January 15, 2021, by country

Based on a comparison of coronavirus deaths in 199 countries relative to their population, Belgium had the most losses to COVID-19 up until January 15, 2021. As of the same date, the virus had infected over 93.1 million people worldwide, and the number of deaths had totaled more than 1.9 million. 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 source seemingly does not differentiate between "the Wuhan strain" (2019-nCOV) of COVID-19 or "the South African mutation" (B.1.1.7) that appeared in the UK in late 2020.

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 January 15, 2021, by country

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Sources

Release date

January 2021

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

Data as of January 15, 2021, 08:21 CET

Special properties

Based on 2019 population figures; ¹ 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. 47 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, 65 deaths (1 in last seven days), roughly 1,920 per million (30 per million in last seven days);
  • Liechtenstein, 49 deaths (1 in last seven days), roughly 1,289 per million (26 per million in last seven days);
  • Montenegro, 740 deaths (22 in last seven days), roughly 1,189 per million (35 per million in last seven days);
  • Andorra, 88 deaths (4 in last seven days), roughly 1,141 per million (52 per million in last seven days);
  • Luxembourg, 545 deaths (18 in last seven days), roughly 879 per million (29 per million in last seven days);
  • Gibraltar, 25 deaths (13 in last seven days), roughly 742 per million (386 per million in last seven days);
  • Guam, 124 deaths (0 in last seven days), roughly 741 per million (0 per million in last seven days);
  • Belize, 280 deaths (9 in last seven days), roughly 717 per million (23 per million in last seven days);
  • Sint Maarten (Dutch part), 27 deaths (0 in last seven days), roughly 663 per million (0 per million in last seven days);
  • Aruba, 52 deaths (2 in last seven days), roughly 489 per million (19 per million in last seven days);
  • Malta, 235 deaths (5 in last seven days), roughly 468 per million (10 per million in last seven days);
  • French Polynesia, 126 deaths (4 in last seven days), roughly 451 per million (14 per million in last seven days);
  • The Bahamas, 175 deaths (0 in last seven days), roughly 449 per million (0 per million in last seven days);
  • Channel Islands, 76 deaths (3 in last seven days), roughly 441 per million (17 per million in last seven days);
  • Guadeloupe, 156 deaths (1 in last seven days), roughly 414 per million (3 per million in last seven days);
  • Samoa, 65 deaths (1 in last seven days), roughly 330 per million (5 per million in last seven days);
  • St Martin (French part), 12 deaths (0 in last seven days), roughly 316 per million (0 per million in last seven days);
  • Isle of Man, 25 deaths (0 in last seven days), roughly 296 per million (0 per million in last seven days);
  • French Guiana, 74 deaths (1 in last seven days), roughly 255 per million (3 per million in last seven days);
  • Suriname, 139 deaths (8 in last seven days), roughly 239 per million (14 per million in last seven days);
  • Virgin Islands (U.S.), 24 deaths (0 in last seven days), roughly 225 per million (0 per million in last seven days);
  • Guyana, 170 deaths (3 in last seven days), roughly 217 per million (4 per million in last seven days);
  • Cabo Verde, 115 deaths (1 in last seven days), roughly 209 per million (2 per million in last seven days);
  • Mayotte, 56 deaths (0 in last seven days), roughly 200 per million (0 per million in last seven days);
  • Bermuda, 12 deaths (0 in last seven days), roughly 188 per million (0 per million in last seven days);
  • Monaco, 7 deaths (3 in last seven days), roughly 180 per million (77 per million in last seven days);
  • Turks and Caicos Islands, 6 deaths (0 in last seven days), roughly 157 per million (0 per million in last seven days);
  • Curaçao, 19 deaths (1 in last seven days), roughly 121 per million (6 per million in last seven days);
  • Martinique, 43 deaths (0 in last seven days), roughly 120 per million (0 per million in last seven days);
  • Maldives, 49 deaths (0 in last seven days), roughly 92 per million (0 per million in last seven days);
  • Iceland, 29 deaths (0 in last seven days), roughly 80 per million (0 per million in last seven days);
  • Sao Tome and Principe, 17 deaths (0 in last seven days), roughly 79 per million (0 per million in last seven days);
  • Djibouti, 61 deaths (0 in last seven days), roughly 63 per million (0 per million in last seven days);
  • Antigua and Barbuda, 6 deaths (1 in last seven days), roughly 62 per million (10 per million in last seven days);
  • Réunion, 42 deaths (0 in last seven days), roughly 49 per million (0 per million in last seven days);
  • Comoros, 38 deaths (22 in last seven days), roughly 45 per million (26 per million in last seven days);
  • Northern Mariana Islands, 2 deaths (0 in last seven days), roughly 35 per million (0 per million in last seven days);
  • British Virgin Islands, 1 deaths (0 in last seven days), roughly 33 per million (0 per million in last seven days);
  • St. Lucia, 6 deaths (1 in last seven days), roughly 33 per million (5 per million in last seven days);
  • Cayman Islands, 2 deaths (0 in last seven days), roughly 31 per million (0 per million in last seven days);
  • Barbados, 7 deaths (0 in last seven days), roughly 24 per million (0 per million in last seven days);
  • Faroe Islands, 1 deaths (0 in last seven days), roughly 21 per million (0 per million in last seven days);
  • Seychelles, 1 deaths (0 in last seven days), roughly 10 per million (0 per million in last seven days);
  • Grenada, 1 deaths (0 in last seven days), roughly 9 per million (0 per million in last seven days);
  • Brunei, 3 deaths (0 in last seven days), roughly 7 per million (0 per million in last seven days);
  • Fiji, 2 deaths (0 in last seven days), roughly 2 per million (0 per million in last seven days);
  • Bhutan, 1 deaths (0 in last seven days), roughly 1 per million (0 per million in last seven days);

For some countries no calculation could be done. These were Burma (2,912 deaths, 100 in last seven days), Montserrat (1 death, 0 in last seven days), Saint Barthelemy (1 death, 0 in last seven days) and Taiwan (7 deaths, 0 in last seven days).

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