The covid-19 pandemic has already claimed more than 1 million deaths. As of Friday (10/2), 1,023,708 were killed by the disease, according to a survey by Johns Hopkins University in the United States.
Given that the pandemic situation on the planet is not yet under control, the number is expected to continue to rise, and yet it will not reflect the real human cost of the disease caused by the new coronavirus.
This is because the data only account for the official death records for covid-19 and, as experts have been warning, there is a high volume of underreporting.
There are many ways to analyze the data released by the American university, which have been used as a parameter to assess trends in the acceleration or cooling of infections in different countries.
One of them is the measure of deaths per 100 thousand inhabitants, which takes into account the size of the population and, therefore, it is an effective way to assess the progress of the disease in different locations. In the list of the ten countries with the most deaths per capita there are six countries in Latin America: Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador and Mexico, as shown in the graph below:
If we consider the absolute numbers of deaths registered in each country (up to 2/10), the list is quite different.
The United States would be at the top, with 207 thousand deaths, followed by Brazil (144,680), India (99,773), Mexico (78,078), United Kingdom (42,292), Italy (35,918), Peru (32,463), France (32,034), Spain (31,973) and Iran (26,567).
Taking the number of cases, not deaths, the list changes again and, among the ten countries, Colombia and Argentina also appear.
The total number of cases in the world until this Friday (10/02), according to the American university survey, is 34,332,476.
And the countries with the highest number of registered cases are the United States (7,279,065), India (6,394,068), Brazil (4,847,092), Russia (1,188,928), Colombia (835,339), Peru (814,829), Spain (778,607), Argentina (765,002), Mexico (748,315) and South Africa (676,084).
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