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Covid-19 Statistics (International)

Gender based statistics for Covid-19 deaths (last updated 28th July 2021)

International data shows that men make up the majority of deaths in most countries. The UK's death rate is higher than most comparable countries.

England has sixth highest number of deaths behind the USA, Brazil, India, Peru and Mexico - all far bigger countries - while the UK death rate (deaths per million of population) is one of the highest (only Italy and Belgium among comparable countries have worse rates).

Health Warning: these figures will change because different countries record data in different ways at different times and are at different stages/waves in the pandemic.

For practical and political reasons, there is probably widespread under-reporting of Covid-19 deaths across the world including in the UK where the Office of National Statistics figures show more deaths than the government's official daily figures. Whatever way you look at it, it is hard to spin the international data in a way that suggests the UK has handled the pandemic well (although it is fair to say that former US president Donald Trump and Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil have handled it worse).

Two searchable international data sets

The first data set below shows the percentage of male deaths from the countries that actually collect that data - currently 107 (up from 46 the first time we published this data). This is based on data provided by Global Health 50/50.

The second data set, provided by focuses on death rates (deaths per million of population) which enables better comparison between countries than raw numbers.

  • Many thanks to our friends Global Health 50/50 and

The Men’s Health Forum need your support

It’s tough for men to ask for help but if you don’t ask when you need it, things generally only get worse. So we’re asking.

In the UK, one man in five dies before the age of 65. If we had health policies and services that better reflected the needs of the whole population, it might not be like that. But it is. Policies and services and indeed men have been like this for a long time and they don’t change overnight just because we want them to.

It’s true that the UK’s men don’t have it bad compared to some other groups. We’re not asking you to ‘feel sorry’ for men or put them first. We’re talking here about something more complicated, something that falls outside the traditional charity fund-raising model of ‘doing something for those less fortunate than ourselves’. That model raises money but it seldom changes much. We’re talking about changing the way we look at the world. There is nothing inevitable about premature male death. Services accessible to all, a population better informed. These would benefit everyone - rich and poor, young and old, male and female - and that’s what we’re campaigning for.

We’re not asking you to look at images of pity, we’re just asking you to look around at the society you live in, at the men you know and at the families with sons, fathers and grandads missing.

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