30 countries reporting the most COVID-19 deaths

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Looking at death rates per capita

The COVID-19 global pandemic is being handled differently in every country around the world, with varying degrees of success. Many health professionals have viewed the United States’ handling of the pandemic critically, suggesting that the U.S. hasn’t been proactive enough in its efforts to contain the illness. But how does the United States compare to other countries when it comes to the daily death rate per capita?

We wanted to take a closer look at the figures, and tapped OurWorldInData.org to figure that out and reviewed the deaths reported on Aug. 17, 2020 (we used the seven-day rolling average since not all deaths are reported on the day the individual actually died due to delays in reporting and testing). 

This data, of course, doesn’t look at where cases are increasing or decreasing right now or the total number of known cases (which can vary broadly because of differences in testing). We look only at the absolute current morbidity figures, which can give a clearer view into how well nations are handling medical care for COVID-19 patients over time.

While the United States is the most populous country on the list (by more than 3 times the next most populous country, Iran) it does not have the highest number of current deaths per capita. Most of the other countries on the list, however, do not possess the economic might and resources of the United States, specifically with regard to medical capabilities, infrastructure and social services that can be instrumental in curbing the pandemic.

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Here are the seven-day rolling average deaths per capita in the 30 countries reporting the most deaths for Aug. 17:

Bahamas
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30. Bahamas

Total population: 385,640

Deaths per 1 million population: 1.09

Honduras
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29. Honduras

Total population: 9.588 million 

Deaths per 1 million population: 1.15

Macedonia
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28. Macedonia

Total population: 2.077 million 

Deaths per 1 million population: 1.17

Ecuador
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27. Ecuador

Total population: 17.08 million 

Deaths per 1 million population: 1.18

Paraguay
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26. Paraguay

Total population: 6.956 million 

Deaths per 1 million population: 1.26

Iran
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25. Iran

Total population: 81.8 million 

Deaths per 1 million population: 1.27

Guatemala
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24. Guatemala

Total population: 17.25 million 

Deaths per 1 million population: 1.34

Albania
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23. Albania

Total population: 2.846 million 

Deaths per 1 million population: 1.39

Israel
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22. Israel

Total population: 8.884 million 

Deaths per 1 million population: 1.4

Swaziland
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21. Swaziland (Eswatini)

Total population: 1.136 million 

Deaths per 1 million population: 1.48

Iraq
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20. Iraq

Total population: 38.6 million 

Deaths per 1 million population: 1.63

Oman
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19. Tie: Oman

Total population: 4.829 million 

Deaths per 1 million population: 1.65

Costa Rica
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19. Tie: Costa Rica

Total population: 4.999 million 

Deaths per 1 million population: 1.65

Moldova
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17. Moldova

Total population: 3.546 million 

Deaths per 1 million population: 1.81

Andorra
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16. Andorra

Total population: 77,006

Deaths per 1 million population: 1.85

Dominican Republic
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15. Dominican Republic

Total population: 10.63 million 

Deaths per 1 million population: 1.9

Romania
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14. Romania

Total population: 19.41 million 

Deaths per 1 million population: 2.16

Chile
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13. Chile

Total population: 18.73 million 

Deaths per 1 million population: 2.8

Bosnia & Herzegovina
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12. Bosnia and Herzegovina

Total population: 3.324 million 

Deaths per 1 million population: 2.92

United States
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11. United States

Total population: 328.2 million 

Deaths per 1 million population: 3.05

South Africa
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10. South Africa

Total population: 57.78 million 

Deaths per 1 million population: 3.45

Argentina
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9. Argentina

Total population: 44.49 million 

Deaths per 1 million population: 3.48

Panama
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8. Panama

Total population: 4.1777 million 

Deaths per 1 million population: 4.2

Suriname
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7. Suriname

Total population: 575,991 

Deaths per 1 million population: 4.38

Brazil
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6. Brazil

Total population: 209.5 million 

Deaths per 1 million population: 4.57

Mexico
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5. Mexico

Total population: 126.2 million 

Deaths per 1 million population: 4.94

Bolivia
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4. Bolivia

Total population: 11.35 million

Deaths per 1 million population: 4.99

Kosovo
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3. Kosovo

Total population: 1.845 million 

Deaths per 1 million population: 6.28

Colombia
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2. Colombia

Total population: 49.65 million 

Deaths per 1 million population: 6.33

Peru
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1. Peru

Total population: 31.99 million 

Deaths per 1 million population: 22.57

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Constance Brinkley-Badgett

Constance Brinkley-Badgett is MediaFeed’s executive editor. She has more than 20 years of experience in digital, broadcast and print journalism, as well as several years of agency experience in content marketing. She has served as a digital producer at NBC Nightly News, Senior Producer at CNBC, Managing Editor at ICF Next, and as a tax reporter at Bloomberg BNA.

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