Covid-19 Statistics (International)

Gender based statistics for Covid-19 deaths (last updated 9th October)

International data shows that men make up the majority of deaths in most countries.

England has fifth highest number of deaths behind the USA, Brazil, India and Mexico - all far bigger countries. The UK death rate (deaths per million of population) is also one of the highest.

The UK's death rate is higher than in France, Germany or Italy. Indeed, the only countries outside the continent of America with higher rates are Belgium and Spain. (Health Warning: these figures will change because different countries record data in different ways at different times and are at different stages in the pandemic.)

For practical and political reasons, there is probably widespread under-reporting of Covid-19 deaths including in the UK where the Office of National Statistics figures show at least 10,000 deaths more than the government's official daily figures on which the data on this page is based. 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 the USA's 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 only 86 (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 statista.com focuses on death rates (deaths per million of population) which arguably enables better comparison between countries than raw numbers.

  • Many thanks to our friends Global Health 50/50 and statista.com.


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