Latin America: COVID-19 mortality rate 2020, by country

Peru is the country with the highest mortality rate due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Latin America. As of July 15, 2020, the country registered around 38.23 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants. It was followed by Chile, with around 37.74 fatal cases people per 100,000 population. In total, around 152 thousand people died due to COVID-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Are these the real numbers?

Although countries like Brazil and Peru already rank among the top 15 countries most affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), there is still room to believe that the number of cases and deaths in Latin American countries are underreported. The main reason is the relatively low number of tests performed in the region. For example, Brazil, the second most impacted country in the world, has performed approximately five million tests as of July 15, 2020. This compared with nearly 44 million tests performed in the United States, almost 23 million tests completed in Russia, or around six million tests carried out in Italy.

Capacity to deal with the outbreak

Even with the current reported figures, the COVID-19 pandemic is putting health systems around the world under serious pressure. The lack of equipment to treat acute cases, for instance, is one of the problems affecting Latin American countries. In 2019, the number of ventilators in hospitals in the most affected countries range from 25.23 per 100,000 inhabitants in Brazil to 5.12 per 100,000 people in Peru.

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

Mortality rate due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in selected countries in Latin America and the Caribbean as of July 15, 2020

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Release date

July 2020


Central and South America, Mexico

Survey time period

As of July 15, 2020

Supplementary notes

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