The Worldometer COVID-19 statistics by country currently shows

  • USA: 855 deaths per million population
  • UK: 891 deaths per million population
  • France: 829 deaths per million population

but India only has 101 deaths per million population

I can not believe this statistic: India has a large population and I didn't think India's healthcare infrastructure is that advanced to tackle such issues.

Is this figure accurate?

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    Reporting standards what constitutes death from Covid vary by country. Also, there's the issue of population age. bbc.com/news/52311014
    – Fizz
    Dec 3 '20 at 11:44
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    And India apparently doesn't release enough info to calculate excess deaths bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-53773070 (Even Russia is more transparent in this respect.)
    – Fizz
    Dec 3 '20 at 12:22
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    There is a big big big difference between "India has the least deaths" and "India has reported the least deaths".
    – T. Sar
    Dec 3 '20 at 14:04
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    Can you adjust the title to make it more clear what you're really asking, in view of the latest comments (and answer). I take it you're questioning the 100 deaths per million in India. Do you really think that's also the lowest figure reported by any country?
    – Fizz
    Dec 4 '20 at 14:44
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    Better comparisons might be with large countries. For example from that table and countries over 100 million population (and death rates per million), there are USA (853), Mexico (835), Brazil (822), Russia (289), India (101), Philippines (77), Egypt (65), Indonesia (64), Bangladesh (41), Pakistan (37), Japan (18), Ethiopia (15), Nigeria (6), China (3). The real question is whether you trust these numbers. But it does not seem India is at either end of the list
    – Henry
    Dec 4 '20 at 15:11

India does not have the lowest reported number of deaths per million: According to the same source the OP linked to, when sorting by population

China: population: 1,439,323,776 total deaths: 4,634 deaths per 1M pop: 3
India: population: 1,385,752,793 total deaths:139,473 deaths per 1M pop: 101
USA: population: 331,828,037 total deaths: 283,072 deaths per 1M pop: 853
Indonesia: population: 274,748,198 total deaths: 17,479 deaths per 1M pop: 64

I won't attempt to judge how credible/complete all of these numbers are. But the numbers India reported are neither on the topmost nor on the lowest end - there are countries which have reported more deaths, and there are countries which have reported less deaths.

If we are talking about the rate of deaths per confirmed cases: India currently reports

closed cases 9,155,516
deaths 139,227

which is ~1.54% death per case (rounded to 2% in the UI).

There are several countries that report less deaths, e.g. Austria:

closed cases 247,426
deaths 3,651

~1.47% (rounded to 1% in the UI)

both as of 2020-12-04. Still close, but lower.

And then, of course, there are several countries which have not reported any deaths due to covid19 at all, e.g. Vanuatu, which had exactly 1 case and no death.

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    OP is referring to deaths as a percentage of the overall population, not deaths as a percentage of those infected.
    – F1Krazy
    Dec 4 '20 at 13:27
  • @F1Krazy agreed, I have added the numbers per population of the 4 most populous countries, to demonstrate that India does not report the lowest number there either
    – Hulk
    Dec 4 '20 at 16:08
  • @F1Krazy Considering that they are #2 in the world population wise and have around 4 times the population of the #3 country I am not sure that is a fair comparison. Looks like they have about 17.7% of the world population.
    – Joe W
    Dec 4 '20 at 16:25
  • @JoeW All I said is that that's the metric the OP wants to look at. Whether it's a valid or meaningful metric is another matter entirely.
    – F1Krazy
    Dec 4 '20 at 16:28

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