Per Capita COVID-19 Death Rate in October: US Among the Lowest in the Hemisphere

By Patrick Goodenough | October 13, 2020 | 4:49am EDT
Motorists line up for coronavirus testing in Los Angeles in June.  (Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images)
Motorists line up for coronavirus testing in Los Angeles in June. (Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images)

( – As a proportion of the national population, the United States has accounted for fewer deaths attributed to the coronavirus this month than any other major country in the Western Hemisphere except for Canada, although still more than those in Western Europe.

Since the beginning of October, Argentina, Ecuador, Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Brazil, Bolivia, and Peru have all recorded higher per capita COVID-19 death tolls than the United States, with Argentina far in the lead.

Between October 1 and October 11, Argentina recorded 6,931 deaths, a daily average of 630.1. The United States, with a population more than seven times bigger, recorded 7,836 deaths over that period, a daily average of 712.3. Per capita, Argentina’s death toll was 0.0152 percent, compared to 0.0023 percent for the United States.


For other countries in the hemisphere, the per capita death tolls for Oct. 1-11 (highest to lowest) were:

  • Ecuador           0.0049 percent
  • Mexico             0.0047 percent
  • Colombia         0.0037 percent
  • Chile                0.0031 percent
  • Brazil               0.0030 percent
  • Bolivia              0.0029 percent
  • Peru                 0.0028 percent
  • Canada            0.0008 percent

In Western Europe, major countries are facing surges in confirmed COVID-19 cases, although death tolls remain relatively low – a situation attributed in part to considerably broader testing, detecting many asymptomatic cases, than was being carried out earlier on during the pandemic.

The per capita death tolls for Oct. 1-11 for seven key countries in the region (highest to lowest) were:

  • Spain               0.0022 percent
  • Belgium           0.0014 percent
  • Britain              0.0011 percent
  • Netherlands     0.0010 percent
  • France             0.0008 percent
  • Italy                  0.0004 percent
  • Germany         0.0001 percent
(Table: / Data: CSSE, Johns Hopkins University, CIA World Factbook)
(Table: / Data: CSSE, Johns Hopkins University, CIA World Factbook)


Since the outbreak emerged in Wuhan, China late last year, more than 1.078 million deaths have been attributed to the coronavirus. More than 214,000 people have died in the U.S., while Brazil has accounted for more than 150,000, and India for more than 109,000 deaths.

The data are calculated from statistics taken from the Johns Hopkins University’s real-time coronavirus database, with national populations from the CIA World Fact Book.

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