Coronavirus COVID-19 Percentage of Population Tracker, By Country

This table tracks coronavirus COVID-19 confirmed cases as a percent of the population for each country.

(This is a ratio of confirmed coronavirus cases to the total population for each country, then multiplied by 100 to convert to percentage.)

Countries are listed in order by those with the highest percentage of the population that has been confirmed with coronavirus.

If you prefer to see a visual, see the bar chart here.

(To see the rate of increase for global COVID-19 cases, see this, or rate of increase for global COVID-19 deaths, see this. Or see coronavirus deaths as a percent of the population, or more coronavirus statistics here.)

See my notes below on why this is a more accurate view of the severity of the coronavirus problem. Or jump down to see the source of this data.

Note: Data as of February 24, 2021.

COVID-19 CASES AS PERCENT OF POPULATION
COUNTRY POPULATION # CASES # CASES AS PERCENT OF POPULATION
Andorra 84,000 10,775 12.82738 %
Montenegro 622,345 73,612 11.82817 %
San Marino 31,477 3,585 11.38927 %
Czechia 10,625,695 1,184,352 11.14611 %
Slovenia 2,067,372 187,005 9.04554 %
Luxembourg 607,728 54,678 8.99712 %
USA 327,167,434 28,336,097 8.66104 %
Israel 8,883,800 763,756 8.59718 %
Panama 4,176,873 338,701 8.10896 %
Portugal 10,281,762 800,586 7.78647 %
Bahrain 1,569,439 119,858 7.63700 %
United Arab Emirates 4,975,593 378,637 7.60989 %
Liechtenstein 35,000 2,553 7.29429 %
Spain 46,723,749 3,170,644 6.78594 %
Kuwait 2,789,132 187,005 6.70477 %
Belgium 11,422,068 760,809 6.66087 %
Lithuania 2,944,459 195,481 6.63894 %
Switzerland 8,484,100 552,698 6.51452 %
Sweden 10,183,175 647,470 6.35823 %
Netherlands 17,231,017 1,083,686 6.28916 %
United Kingdom 66,488,991 4,156,702 6.25171 %
Serbia 7,344,847 446,313 6.07655 %
Croatia 4,089,400 241,048 5.89446 %
Jordan 6,407,085 376,441 5.87539 %
Georgia 4,630,000 269,438 5.81940 %
Qatar 2,781,677 161,803 5.81674 %
Armenia 2,968,000 170,945 5.75960 %
France 66,987,244 3,721,061 5.55488 %
Slovakia 5,455,000 298,337 5.46906 %
Malta 403,000 21,532 5.34293 %
Lebanon 6,848,925 362,850 5.29791 %
Austria 8,847,037 450,376 5.09070 %
Argentina 41,343,201 2,085,411 5.04414 %
Monaco 38,682 1,916 4.95321 %
Brazil 209,469,333 10,324,463 4.92887 %
Maldives 395,650 19,162 4.84317 %
North Macedonia 2,082,958 100,632 4.83121 %
Oman 2,967,717 140,300 4.72754 %
Italy 60,431,283 2,848,564 4.71372 %
West Bank and Gaza 3,800,000 177,768 4.67811 %
Estonia 1,320,884 60,475 4.57837 %
Colombia 49,648,685 2,237,542 4.50675 %
Costa Rica 4,516,220 203,496 4.50589 %
Ireland 4,853,506 216,840 4.46770 %
Poland 38,500,000 1,661,109 4.31457 %
Chile 18,729,160 807,872 4.31344 %
Moldova 4,324,000 180,150 4.16628 %
Hungary 9,982,000 410,129 4.10869 %
Romania 19,473,936 788,048 4.04668 %
Peru 31,989,256 1,293,497 4.04354 %
Bosnia and Herzegovina 3,323,929 129,753 3.90360 %
Belize 314,522 12,271 3.90148 %
Latvia 2,217,969 83,445 3.76223 %
Kosovo 1,800,000 67,569 3.75383 %
Denmark 5,797,446 209,767 3.61827 %
Albania 2,866,376 103,327 3.60480 %
Bulgaria 7,000,039 242,124 3.45890 %
Turkey 82,319,724 2,665,194 3.23761 %
South Africa 49,000,000 1,507,448 3.07642 %
Ukraine 45,415,596 1,364,861 3.00527 %
Cabo Verde 508,659 15,161 2.98058 %
Germany 82,927,922 2,416,037 2.91342 %
Belarus 9,685,000 281,707 2.90869 %
Seychelles 88,340 2,562 2.90016 %
Russia 144,478,050 4,153,735 2.87499 %
Cyprus 1,189,265 33,710 2.83452 %
Bahamas 301,790 8,496 2.81520 %
Azerbaijan 8,303,512 233,644 2.81380 %
Paraguay 6,375,830 154,904 2.42955 %
Canada 37,058,856 860,348 2.32157 %
Dominican Republic 10,627,165 236,883 2.22903 %
Tunisia 10,589,025 230,443 2.17624 %
Bolivia 11,353,142 245,719 2.16433 %
Libya 6,461,454 131,262 2.03146 %
Saint Lucia 160,922 3,149 1.95685 %
Iran 81,800,269 1,598,875 1.95461 %
Suriname 492,829 8,892 1.80428 %
Namibia 2,128,471 37,976 1.78419 %
Iraq 38,433,600 680,288 1.77003 %
Honduras 9,587,522 167,494 1.74700 %
Greece 10,727,668 184,686 1.72159 %
Iceland 353,574 6,049 1.71082 %
Kazakhstan 15,340,000 259,478 1.69151 %
Singapore 3,547,809 59,890 1.68808 %
Mexico 126,190,788 2,060,908 1.63317 %
Ecuador 17,084,357 278,779 1.63178 %
Uruguay 3,477,000 54,874 1.57820 %
Kyrgyzstan 5,776,500 86,025 1.48922 %
Saudi Arabia 25,731,776 376,021 1.46131 %
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 104,217 1,519 1.45754 %
Morocco 33,848,242 482,128 1.42438 %
Norway 5,314,336 69,489 1.30758 %
Guatemala 13,550,440 172,764 1.27497 %
Eswatini 1,354,051 16,897 1.24789 %
Botswana 2,254,126 27,721 1.22979 %
Guyana 779,004 8,457 1.08562 %
Barbados 285,653 2,907 1.01767 %
Finland 5,518,050 55,122 0.99894 %
Nepal 28,951,852 273,760 0.94557 %
Malaysia 31,528,585 291,774 0.92543 %
El Salvador 6,420,744 59,235 0.92256 %
Gabon 1,545,255 14,234 0.92114 %
Sao Tome and Principe 197,700 1,672 0.84573 %
Djibouti 740,528 6,052 0.81725 %
India 1,352,617,328 11,046,914 0.81671 %
Jamaica 2,934,855 22,019 0.75026 %
Antigua and Barbuda 86,754 646 0.74463 %
Equatorial Guinea 1,014,999 5,852 0.57655 %
Zambia 13,460,305 76,484 0.56822 %
Trinidad and Tobago 1,389,858 7,690 0.55329 %
Indonesia 242,968,342 1,306,141 0.53758 %
Mauritania 3,205,060 17,158 0.53534 %
Philippines 106,651,922 566,420 0.53109 %
Lesotho 2,108,132 10,467 0.49651 %
Venezuela 28,870,195 137,445 0.47608 %
Comoros 832,322 3,539 0.42520 %
Cuba 11,338,138 46,896 0.41361 %
Sri Lanka 21,513,990 81,467 0.37867 %
Bangladesh 156,118,464 544,544 0.34880 %
Japan 126,529,100 427,732 0.33805 %
Ghana 24,339,838 81,245 0.33379 %
Algeria 34,586,184 112,461 0.32516 %
Pakistan 184,404,791 575,941 0.31232 %
Gambia 1,593,256 4,640 0.29123 %
Congo (Brazzaville) 3,039,126 8,820 0.29022 %
Uzbekistan 27,865,738 79,749 0.28619 %
Zimbabwe 13,061,000 35,960 0.27532 %
Senegal 12,323,252 33,453 0.27146 %
Burma 53,414,374 141,816 0.26550 %
Kenya 40,046,566 104,780 0.26165 %
Mozambique 22,061,451 56,920 0.25801 %
Egypt 80,471,869 180,051 0.22374 %
Guinea-Bissau 1,565,126 3,171 0.20260 %
Dominica 72,813 141 0.19365 %
Afghanistan 29,121,286 55,664 0.19115 %
Malawi 17,563,749 31,295 0.17818 %
Ethiopia 88,013,491 155,234 0.17638 %
Cameroon 19,294,149 33,749 0.17492 %
South Korea 51,635,256 88,516 0.17143 %
Rwanda 11,055,976 18,443 0.16681 %
Angola 13,068,161 20,640 0.15794 %
Cote d'Ivoire 21,058,798 32,295 0.15336 %
Guinea 10,324,025 15,680 0.15188 %
Tajikistan 9,100,837 13,308 0.14623 %
Grenada 107,818 148 0.13727 %
Bhutan 699,847 867 0.12388 %
Uganda 33,398,682 40,261 0.12055 %
Australia 24,992,369 28,947 0.11582 %
Haiti 11,123,176 12,352 0.11105 %
Central African Republic 4,844,927 5,004 0.10328 %
Nigeria 154,000,000 153,842 0.09990 %
Nicaragua 6,465,513 6,445 0.09968 %
Togo 6,587,239 6,548 0.09940 %
Madagascar 21,281,844 19,831 0.09318 %
Mongolia 3,086,918 2,801 0.09074 %
South Sudan 8,260,490 7,224 0.08745 %
Sudan 35,000,000 30,236 0.08639 %
Saint Kitts and Nevis 51,134 41 0.08018 %
Burkina Faso 16,241,811 11,887 0.07319 %
Syria 22,198,110 15,343 0.06912 %
Somalia 10,112,453 6,549 0.06476 %
Mali 13,796,354 8,332 0.06039 %
Benin 9,056,010 5,434 0.06000 %
New Zealand 4,252,277 2,368 0.05569 %
Liberia 3,685,076 2,002 0.05433 %
Sierra Leone 7,650,154 3,880 0.05072 %
Mauritius 1,265,303 610 0.04821 %
Eritrea 5,792,984 2,789 0.04814 %
Brunei 395,027 185 0.04683 %
Thailand 67,089,500 25,692 0.03830 %
Chad 10,543,464 3,904 0.03703 %
Congo (Kinshasa) 70,916,439 25,144 0.03546 %
Niger 15,878,271 4,740 0.02985 %
Papua New Guinea 6,064,515 1,139 0.01878 %
Burundi 11,175,378 2,069 0.01851 %
Timor-Leste 1,154,625 109 0.00944 %
Yemen 28,498,687 2,221 0.00779 %
China 1,392,730,000 100,832 0.00724 %
Marshall Islands 58,413 4 0.00685 %
Fiji 875,983 57 0.00651 %
Cambodia 14,453,680 697 0.00482 %
Taiwan* 22,894,384 946 0.00413 %
Solomon Islands 652,858 18 0.00276 %
Vietnam 89,571,130 2,412 0.00269 %
Samoa 196,130 3 0.00153 %
Tanzania 41,892,895 509 0.00122 %
Laos 6,368,162 45 0.00071 %
Vanuatu 292,680 1 0.00034 %
273,008 0 0.00000 %

Sources:
COVID-19 confirmed case numbers from Johns Hopkins CSSE Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 Data Repository.
Population numbers from GeoNames, retrieved on 28 March 2020.

My Notes

Percentage numbers add some much-needed context to the scary “total numbers” which seem to be the only thing the media focuses on in order to hold viewers’ attention.

I was so tired of hearing the outrage over the USA’s supposed “numbers worse than Italy” regarding coronavirus cases when I know that our population in the USA is so much larger than Italy’s. I made this chart to track the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases as a percent of the population for each country. I think this gives a more accurate view of the severity of the problem.

For example, would you rather be in a room where 10 percent of the people have coronavirus, or would you rather be in a room where 40 percent of the people have coronavirus? You may say, “10 percent.” But the media poses things as: would you rather be in a room where 100 people have coronavirus, or where only 4 people have the coronavirus? You may say that you prefer the room with only 4 infected people.

But you can’t know the severity of the problem without knowing the total number of people in the room.

What if the total numbers of the people in the rooms are 1,000 (where 100 are infected), and 10 (where only 4 are infected)? Do the math: the group with only 4 infected people out of 10 means that 40 percent have the coronavirus. The group with 100 infected people out of 1000 means that only 10 percent of the people have it. So the room with only 4 infected people actually has a worse scenario because a higher percentage of its total population in infected.

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  1. August 25th, 2020 at 3:58 pm

    Re: I was so tired of hearing the outrage over the USA’s supposed “numbers worse than Italy”

    But according to your numbers, the USA now has an infection rate 4X higher than Italy. In fact, it has the highest rate among any industrialized countries – aside from San Marino whose small population creates a statistical outlier.

    So, do you feel any outrage is now finally justified?

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    • August 25th, 2020 at 6:57 pm

      The end of the sentence you quoted for context: “..when I know that our population in the USA is so much larger than Italy’s.”

      My point was about using absolute numbers when percentage numbers would’ve given a more precise comparison.

      Back in March 2020, I got tired of hearing that “USA numbers are worse than Italy” because they were specifically comparing absolute numbers. With over 327 million people here, our absolute numbers are expected to be higher. But I wanted to know percentage numbers and I could not find any health agency or news source reporting these percentage numbers so I made this to track it myself. Mainly to gauge how scared I should be. When I completed this tracker in March, my initial results were that our (USA) rate was lower than Italy’s. Not anymore.

      But our death rate still remains lower than in Italy, UK, Sweden and a few others (as of this writing). With the death rate remaining so low in most of the 50 states, I feel less scared. I couldn’t find these death rate numbers anywhere online when I made this back in March.

      To be clear, I was tired of hearing “absolute numbers outrage” not because I was upset at anybody else’s outrage but rather because I wanted these percentage/rate numbers for myself. I have no opinion on whether anyone else’s outrage is justified.

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  2. August 25th, 2020 at 3:59 pm

    As another BTW, thanks for pulling this together. It’s very well done and very helpful. I do agree that total numbers are meaningless w/o some population context.

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  3. September 11th, 2020 at 5:29 pm

    I totally agree with you. The raw numbers mean nothing without comparing to the total population (per country, state, etc.). Thank you SO MUCH for putting this together and sharing it! I really appreciate it! 🙂

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  4. September 24th, 2020 at 11:17 pm

    Hi Isabel.
    Thank you for your work. I love your explanation in your notes about the room with 10 or 100 people with covid. Such an easy explanation to share with people.
    Do you have any statistics on the death rate as a percentage of people who have been diagnosed with covid? ie. % of people who are diagnosed with covid and survive?
    Kind regards.
    Renee

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  5. November 7th, 2020 at 10:31 am

    Thank you!! I feel the same about the absolute numbers and really just wanted %. Our only real issue at this point, as I see it, is the data on rate of testing. But this is so helpful and makes my nerd heart happy.

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  6. December 4th, 2020 at 11:30 am

    I would love to see some context with age brackets. So as a % of people in certain age brackets. I believe older people are more at risk and it would be helpful to see that in context. Appreciate your data and analysis

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  7. December 24th, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    Thank you for sharing this data. I know intuitively what you put into a much more scientific format… and thus more persuasive. And, yes, the media hype is all the more irritating that they do not likely even understand the numbers. Great example of the 100 in a room of 1,000 or 4 in a room of 10. Excellent. Thank you again.

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