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COVID-19 death rates worldwide as of January 15, 2021, by country

COVID-19 rate of death, or the known deaths divided by confirmed cases, was over ten percent in Yemen, the only country that has 1,000 or more cases. This according to a calculation that combines coronavirus stats on both deaths and registered cases for 182 different countries. Note that death rates are not the same as the chance of dying from an infection or the number of deaths based on an at-risk population. By January 15, 2021, the virus had infected over 93.1 million people worldwide, and the number of deaths had totaled more than 1.9 million. 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.

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. Note that Statista aims to also provide domestic source material for a more complete picture, and not to just look at one particular source. Examples are these statistics on the confirmed coronavirus cases in Russia or the COVID-19 cases in Italy, both of which are from domestic sources. For more information or other freely accessible content, please visit our dedicated Facts and Figures page.

A word on the flaws of numbers like this

People are right to ask whether these numbers are at all representative or not for several reasons. First, countries worldwide decide differently on who gets tested for the virus, meaning that comparing case numbers or death rates could to some extent be misleading. Germany, for example, started testing relatively early once the country’s first case was confirmed in Bavaria in January 2020, whereas Italy tests for the coronavirus postmortem. Second, not all people go to see (or can see, due to testing capacity) a doctor when they have mild symptoms. Countries like Norway and the Netherlands, for example, recommend people with non-severe symptoms to just stay at home. This means not all cases are known all the time, which could significantly alter the death rate as it is presented here. Third and finally, numbers like this change very frequently depending on how the pandemic spreads or the national healthcare capacity. It is therefore recommended to look at other (freely accessible) content that dives more into specifics, such as the coronavirus testing capacity in India or the number of hospital beds in the UK. Only with additional pieces of information can you get the full picture, something that this statistic in its current state simply cannot provide.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) death rate in countries with confirmed deaths and over 1,000 reported cases as of January 15, 2021, by country

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Release date

January 2021



Survey time period

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

Special properties

Figures without the country's dependencies, more information in the "Details" tab.

Supplementary notes

For this statistic, numbers reported by Johns Hopkins University were used. Note that numbers can change fast, sometimes within minutes, after they show on this platform. Some countries report openly that numbers are not complete, due to testing capacity, so numbers can by definition not be complete. Additionally, the numbers shown here are not an automated update but a manual one. It's Statista's policy to update these numbers at least once per day, but we strive to do this more frequently than that.

² The source reports the numbers for the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands and Denmark with additional territories included. For example, the overall number for France includes Martinique and Quadeloupe whereas the source included Curacao, Aruba and (the Dutch part of) Saint Martin in the numbers for the Netherlands. This was also true for the United States, which includes numbers for Guam, Puerto Rico, the (U.S.) Virgin Islands and the Northern Mariana Islands. To avoid confusion, these additional dependencies have been excluded in the table provided here: the UK, France, Netherlands, Denmark and the US only refer to the main countries (or the 50 states, in the case of the United States).

The source changed its methodology for the United States on March 24, 2020, as it switched from data collection via states to data collection via counties.

On the morning of March 28, 2020, Australia's death toll briefly showed over 450 deaths, an increase from the reported 14 until then. After review, this number was not used as it was seemingly caused by a misclassification in one of the states. This was confirmed later on the day.

For further information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, please visit our dedicated Facts and Figures page.

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