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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 September 16, 2020.

COVID-19 CASES AS PERCENT OF POPULATION
COUNTRY POPULATION # CASES # CASES AS PERCENT OF POPULATION
Qatar 2,781,677 122,449 4.40198 %
Bahrain 1,569,439 62,484 3.98130 %
Kuwait 2,789,132 96,999 3.47775 %
Oman 2,967,717 91,196 3.07293 %
Panama 4,176,873 103,466 2.47712 %
Maldives 395,650 9,427 2.38266 %
Chile 18,729,160 439,287 2.34547 %
Peru 31,989,256 738,020 2.30709 %
San Marino 31,477 723 2.29692 %
Brazil 209,469,333 4,419,083 2.10966 %
USA 327,167,434 6,630,051 2.02650 %
Israel 8,883,800 170,465 1.91883 %
Andorra 84,000 1,483 1.76548 %
United Arab Emirates 4,975,593 81,782 1.64366 %
Singapore 3,547,809 57,514 1.62111 %
Armenia 2,968,000 46,376 1.56253 %
Colombia 49,648,685 736,377 1.48318 %
Argentina 41,343,201 589,012 1.42469 %
South Africa 49,000,000 653,444 1.33356 %
Costa Rica 4,516,220 59,516 1.31783 %
Spain 46,723,749 614,360 1.31488 %
Saudi Arabia 25,731,776 327,551 1.27294 %
Luxembourg 607,728 7,394 1.21666 %
Montenegro 622,345 7,291 1.17154 %
Bolivia 11,353,142 128,872 1.13512 %
Moldova 4,324,000 44,361 1.02593 %
Bahamas 301,790 3,087 1.02290 %
Dominican Republic 10,627,165 105,521 0.99294 %
Cabo Verde 508,659 4,978 0.97865 %
Suriname 492,829 4,645 0.94252 %
West Bank and Gaza 3,800,000 33,006 0.86858 %
Sweden 10,183,175 87,575 0.86000 %
Belgium 11,422,068 95,948 0.84002 %
Iraq 38,433,600 303,059 0.78853 %
Kyrgyzstan 5,776,500 45,072 0.78026 %
North Macedonia 2,082,958 16,088 0.77236 %
Belarus 9,685,000 74,763 0.77195 %
Russia 144,478,050 1,075,485 0.74439 %
Djibouti 740,528 5,399 0.72907 %
Bosnia and Herzegovina 3,323,929 24,211 0.72838 %
Honduras 9,587,522 69,660 0.72657 %
Ecuador 17,084,357 121,525 0.71132 %
Kosovo 1,800,000 12,683 0.70461 %
Kazakhstan 15,340,000 107,056 0.69789 %
France 66,987,244 443,869 0.66262 %
Ireland 4,853,506 31,799 0.65518 %
Portugal 10,281,762 65,626 0.63828 %
Malta 403,000 2,560 0.63524 %
Iceland 353,574 2,189 0.61911 %
Guatemala 13,550,440 82,924 0.61197 %
United Kingdom 66,488,991 380,677 0.57254 %
Switzerland 8,484,100 48,265 0.56889 %
Gabon 1,545,255 8,678 0.56159 %
Romania 19,473,936 107,011 0.54951 %
Mexico 126,190,788 680,931 0.53960 %
Netherlands 17,231,017 90,425 0.52478 %
Iran 81,800,269 410,334 0.50163 %
Equatorial Guinea 1,014,999 5,000 0.49261 %
Belize 314,522 1,536 0.48836 %
Italy 60,431,283 291,442 0.48227 %
Paraguay 6,375,830 30,419 0.47710 %
Namibia 2,128,471 9,964 0.46813 %
Monaco 38,682 181 0.46792 %
Azerbaijan 8,303,512 38,658 0.46556 %
Sao Tome and Principe 197,700 907 0.45878 %
Serbia 7,344,847 32,613 0.44403 %
El Salvador 6,420,744 27,163 0.42305 %
Albania 2,866,376 11,816 0.41223 %
Austria 8,847,037 35,073 0.39644 %
Czechia 10,625,695 41,032 0.38616 %
Libya 6,461,454 24,936 0.38592 %
Canada 37,058,856 141,852 0.38277 %
Lebanon 6,848,925 26,083 0.38083 %
Eswatini 1,354,051 5,155 0.38071 %
India 1,352,617,328 5,020,359 0.37116 %
Ukraine 45,415,596 166,694 0.36704 %
Denmark 5,797,446 21,013 0.36245 %
Turkey 82,319,724 296,391 0.36005 %
Croatia 4,089,400 14,029 0.34306 %
Germany 82,927,922 266,869 0.32181 %
Liechtenstein 35,000 111 0.31714 %
Morocco 33,848,242 92,016 0.27185 %
Bulgaria 7,000,039 18,390 0.26271 %
Philippines 106,651,922 272,934 0.25591 %
Guyana 779,004 1,958 0.25135 %
Trinidad and Tobago 1,389,858 3,327 0.23938 %
Norway 5,314,336 12,498 0.23518 %
Mauritania 3,205,060 7,332 0.22876 %
Venezuela 28,870,195 63,416 0.21966 %
Bangladesh 156,118,464 342,671 0.21949 %
Gambia 1,593,256 3,440 0.21591 %
Estonia 1,320,884 2,756 0.20865 %
Nepal 28,951,852 58,327 0.20146 %
Poland 38,500,000 75,734 0.19671 %
Slovenia 2,067,372 3,954 0.19126 %
Ghana 24,339,838 45,655 0.18757 %
Uzbekistan 27,865,738 49,015 0.17590 %
Pakistan 184,404,791 303,634 0.16466 %
Congo (Brazzaville) 3,039,126 4,934 0.16235 %
Finland 5,518,050 8,750 0.15857 %
Seychelles 88,340 140 0.15848 %
Guinea-Bissau 1,565,126 2,275 0.14536 %
Hungary 9,982,000 14,460 0.14486 %
Jamaica 2,934,855 4,164 0.14188 %
Algeria 34,586,184 48,966 0.14158 %
Afghanistan 29,121,286 38,855 0.13342 %
Greece 10,727,668 14,041 0.13089 %
Cyprus 1,189,265 1,548 0.13016 %
Egypt 80,471,869 101,500 0.12613 %
Senegal 12,323,252 14,568 0.11822 %
Lithuania 2,944,459 3,442 0.11690 %
Antigua and Barbuda 86,754 95 0.10951 %
Botswana 2,254,126 2,463 0.10927 %
Slovakia 5,455,000 5,860 0.10742 %
Australia 24,992,369 26,813 0.10728 %
Cameroon 19,294,149 20,303 0.10523 %
Zambia 13,460,305 13,887 0.10317 %
Central African Republic 4,844,927 4,782 0.09870 %
Guinea 10,324,025 10,154 0.09835 %
Indonesia 242,968,342 228,993 0.09425 %
Cote d'Ivoire 21,058,798 19,132 0.09085 %
Kenya 40,046,566 36,301 0.09065 %
Haiti 11,123,176 8,541 0.07679 %
Nicaragua 6,465,513 4,961 0.07673 %
Tunisia 10,589,025 8,100 0.07649 %
Ethiopia 88,013,491 66,224 0.07524 %
Madagascar 21,281,844 15,871 0.07458 %
Latvia 2,217,969 1,486 0.06700 %
Barbados 285,653 185 0.06476 %
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 104,217 64 0.06141 %
Japan 126,529,100 76,997 0.06085 %
Jordan 6,407,085 3,852 0.06012 %
Georgia 4,630,000 2,758 0.05957 %
Zimbabwe 13,061,000 7,598 0.05817 %
Uruguay 3,477,000 1,856 0.05338 %
South Korea 51,635,256 22,657 0.04388 %
Cuba 11,338,138 4,876 0.04301 %
New Zealand 4,252,277 1,809 0.04254 %
Rwanda 11,055,976 4,634 0.04191 %
Sudan 35,000,000 13,535 0.03867 %
Nigeria 154,000,000 56,604 0.03676 %
Brunei 395,027 145 0.03671 %
Liberia 3,685,076 1,332 0.03615 %
Bhutan 699,847 246 0.03515 %
Somalia 10,112,453 3,390 0.03352 %
Saint Kitts and Nevis 51,134 17 0.03325 %
Dominica 72,813 24 0.03296 %
Malawi 17,563,749 5,704 0.03248 %
Malaysia 31,528,585 10,031 0.03182 %
South Sudan 8,260,490 2,594 0.03140 %
Mauritius 1,265,303 365 0.02885 %
Angola 13,068,161 3,675 0.02812 %
Sierra Leone 7,650,154 2,133 0.02788 %
Mozambique 22,061,451 5,994 0.02717 %
Benin 9,056,010 2,280 0.02518 %
Togo 6,587,239 1,608 0.02441 %
Grenada 107,818 24 0.02226 %
Mali 13,796,354 2,966 0.02150 %
Saint Lucia 160,922 27 0.01678 %
Syria 22,198,110 3,654 0.01646 %
Uganda 33,398,682 5,266 0.01577 %
Sri Lanka 21,513,990 3,271 0.01520 %
Congo (Kinshasa) 70,916,439 10,414 0.01468 %
Burkina Faso 16,241,811 1,748 0.01076 %
Chad 10,543,464 1,090 0.01034 %
Mongolia 3,086,918 311 0.01007 %
Papua New Guinea 6,064,515 516 0.00851 %
Niger 15,878,271 1,182 0.00744 %
Burma 53,414,374 3,894 0.00729 %
China 1,392,730,000 90,253 0.00648 %
Eritrea 5,792,984 364 0.00628 %
Thailand 67,089,500 3,490 0.00520 %
Burundi 11,175,378 472 0.00422 %
Western Sahara 273,008 10 0.00366 %
Fiji 875,983 32 0.00365 %
Timor-Leste 1,154,625 27 0.00234 %
Taiwan* 22,894,384 500 0.00218 %
Cambodia 14,453,680 275 0.00190 %
Tanzania 41,892,895 509 0.00122 %
Vietnam 89,571,130 1,063 0.00119 %
Laos 6,368,162 23 0.00036 %

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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