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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 November 26, 2020.

COVID-19 CASES AS PERCENT OF POPULATION
COUNTRY POPULATION # CASES # CASES AS PERCENT OF POPULATION
Andorra 84,000 6,534 7.77857 %
Bahrain 1,569,439 86,347 5.50177 %
Luxembourg 607,728 32,873 5.40916 %
Montenegro 622,345 33,316 5.35330 %
Kuwait 2,789,132 141,547 5.07495 %
Belgium 11,422,068 567,532 4.96873 %
Qatar 2,781,677 138,066 4.96341 %
Czechia 10,625,695 511,520 4.81399 %
San Marino 31,477 1,514 4.80986 %
Armenia 2,968,000 130,870 4.40937 %
Oman 2,967,717 122,579 4.13041 %
USA 327,167,434 12,883,264 3.93782 %
Panama 4,176,873 160,287 3.83749 %
Israel 8,883,800 333,084 3.74934 %
Switzerland 8,484,100 313,978 3.70078 %
Spain 46,723,749 1,617,355 3.46153 %
Liechtenstein 35,000 1,208 3.45143 %
Slovenia 2,067,372 71,073 3.43784 %
Argentina 41,343,201 1,399,431 3.38491 %
France 66,987,244 2,235,537 3.33726 %
United Arab Emirates 4,975,593 163,967 3.29543 %
Maldives 395,650 12,889 3.25768 %
Jordan 6,407,085 203,021 3.16870 %
Austria 8,847,037 266,038 3.00709 %
Costa Rica 4,516,220 135,742 3.00566 %
Peru 31,989,256 952,439 2.97737 %
Netherlands 17,231,017 511,162 2.96652 %
Brazil 209,469,333 6,204,220 2.96188 %
Chile 18,729,160 545,662 2.91344 %
Croatia 4,089,400 115,626 2.82746 %
North Macedonia 2,082,958 58,608 2.81369 %
Portugal 10,281,762 280,394 2.72710 %
Colombia 49,648,685 1,280,487 2.57910 %
Georgia 4,630,000 118,690 2.56350 %
Bosnia and Herzegovina 3,323,929 84,252 2.53471 %
Italy 60,431,283 1,509,875 2.49850 %
Bahamas 301,790 7,482 2.47921 %
Poland 38,500,000 941,112 2.44445 %
Moldova 4,324,000 102,894 2.37960 %
United Kingdom 66,488,991 1,578,429 2.37397 %
Malta 403,000 9,405 2.33375 %
Sweden 10,183,175 236,355 2.32103 %
Romania 19,473,936 449,349 2.30744 %
Cabo Verde 508,659 10,570 2.07801 %
West Bank and Gaza 3,800,000 78,493 2.06561 %
Kosovo 1,800,000 37,028 2.05711 %
Serbia 7,344,847 148,214 2.01793 %
Bulgaria 7,000,039 136,628 1.95182 %
Hungary 9,982,000 192,047 1.92393 %
Slovakia 5,455,000 101,257 1.85622 %
Lithuania 2,944,459 53,757 1.82570 %
Lebanon 6,848,925 122,200 1.78422 %
Belize 314,522 5,515 1.75345 %
Singapore 3,547,809 58,195 1.64031 %
South Africa 49,000,000 778,571 1.58892 %
Monaco 38,682 600 1.55111 %
Ukraine 45,415,596 695,755 1.53197 %
Iceland 353,574 5,323 1.50548 %
Russia 144,478,050 2,169,424 1.50156 %
Ireland 4,853,506 71,494 1.47304 %
Iraq 38,433,600 544,670 1.41717 %
Saudi Arabia 25,731,776 356,389 1.38502 %
Belarus 9,685,000 130,012 1.34241 %
Dominican Republic 10,627,165 140,922 1.32605 %
Denmark 5,797,446 75,913 1.30942 %
Azerbaijan 8,303,512 106,101 1.27778 %
Bolivia 11,353,142 144,390 1.27181 %
Paraguay 6,375,830 79,517 1.24716 %
Libya 6,461,454 80,407 1.24441 %
Albania 2,866,376 35,600 1.24199 %
Kyrgyzstan 5,776,500 71,548 1.23860 %
Germany 82,927,922 1,017,830 1.22737 %
Honduras 9,587,522 106,681 1.11271 %
Iran 81,800,269 908,346 1.11044 %
Ecuador 17,084,357 188,138 1.10123 %
Suriname 492,829 5,307 1.07684 %
Morocco 33,848,242 340,684 1.00650 %
Canada 37,058,856 356,650 0.96239 %
Greece 10,727,668 99,306 0.92570 %
Guatemala 13,550,440 120,685 0.89064 %
Tunisia 10,589,025 92,475 0.87331 %
Mexico 126,190,788 1,078,594 0.85473 %
Kazakhstan 15,340,000 129,213 0.84233 %
Estonia 1,320,884 10,955 0.82937 %
Cyprus 1,189,265 9,673 0.81336 %
Nepal 28,951,852 227,640 0.78627 %
Djibouti 740,528 5,676 0.76648 %
India 1,352,617,328 9,309,787 0.68828 %
Latvia 2,217,969 15,171 0.68400 %
Guyana 779,004 5,276 0.67728 %
Namibia 2,128,471 14,155 0.66503 %
Norway 5,314,336 34,748 0.65385 %
Turkey 82,319,724 503,738 0.61193 %
Gabon 1,545,255 9,173 0.59362 %
El Salvador 6,420,744 37,884 0.59003 %
Equatorial Guinea 1,014,999 5,146 0.50700 %
Sao Tome and Principe 197,700 985 0.49823 %
Trinidad and Tobago 1,389,858 6,570 0.47271 %
Eswatini 1,354,051 6,329 0.46741 %
Botswana 2,254,126 10,258 0.45508 %
Finland 5,518,050 23,148 0.41950 %
Philippines 106,651,922 424,297 0.39783 %
Jamaica 2,934,855 10,541 0.35917 %
Venezuela 28,870,195 101,215 0.35059 %
Bangladesh 156,118,464 456,438 0.29237 %
Uzbekistan 27,865,738 72,409 0.25985 %
Mauritania 3,205,060 8,288 0.25859 %
Gambia 1,593,256 3,728 0.23399 %
Algeria 34,586,184 79,110 0.22873 %
Indonesia 242,968,342 516,753 0.21268 %
Pakistan 184,404,791 389,311 0.21112 %
Ghana 24,339,838 51,225 0.21046 %
Kenya 40,046,566 80,102 0.20002 %
Malaysia 31,528,585 60,752 0.19269 %
Seychelles 88,340 166 0.18791 %
Congo (Brazzaville) 3,039,126 5,632 0.18532 %
Antigua and Barbuda 86,754 141 0.16253 %
Burma 53,414,374 85,205 0.15952 %
Afghanistan 29,121,286 45,716 0.15698 %
Guinea-Bissau 1,565,126 2,422 0.15475 %
Saint Lucia 160,922 238 0.14790 %
Uruguay 3,477,000 5,117 0.14717 %
Egypt 80,471,869 114,475 0.14225 %
Tajikistan 9,100,837 12,044 0.13234 %
Zambia 13,460,305 17,553 0.13041 %
Senegal 12,323,252 15,960 0.12951 %
Guinea 10,324,025 12,949 0.12543 %
Cameroon 19,294,149 24,022 0.12450 %
Ethiopia 88,013,491 107,669 0.12233 %
Angola 13,068,161 14,920 0.11417 %
Australia 24,992,369 27,873 0.11153 %
Japan 126,529,100 140,225 0.11082 %
Dominica 72,813 77 0.10575 %
Sri Lanka 21,513,990 22,028 0.10239 %
Central African Republic 4,844,927 4,913 0.10141 %
Cote d'Ivoire 21,058,798 21,199 0.10067 %
Lesotho 2,108,132 2,109 0.10004 %
Barbados 285,653 266 0.09312 %
Nicaragua 6,465,513 5,784 0.08946 %
Haiti 11,123,176 9,256 0.08321 %
Madagascar 21,281,844 17,341 0.08148 %
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 104,217 84 0.08060 %
Zimbabwe 13,061,000 9,623 0.07368 %
Comoros 832,322 610 0.07329 %
Cuba 11,338,138 8,075 0.07122 %
Mozambique 22,061,451 15,467 0.07011 %
South Korea 51,635,256 32,887 0.06369 %
Uganda 33,398,682 19,115 0.05723 %
Bhutan 699,847 389 0.05558 %
Rwanda 11,055,976 5,851 0.05292 %
Sudan 35,000,000 16,864 0.04818 %
New Zealand 4,252,277 2,047 0.04814 %
Togo 6,587,239 2,904 0.04409 %
Somalia 10,112,453 4,451 0.04402 %
Nigeria 154,000,000 66,974 0.04349 %
Liberia 3,685,076 1,591 0.04317 %
Saint Kitts and Nevis 51,134 22 0.04302 %
Mauritius 1,265,303 498 0.03936 %
Grenada 107,818 41 0.03803 %
Brunei 395,027 150 0.03797 %
South Sudan 8,260,490 3,092 0.03743 %
Malawi 17,563,749 6,020 0.03428 %
Syria 22,198,110 7,542 0.03398 %
Benin 9,056,010 2,974 0.03284 %
Mali 13,796,354 4,505 0.03265 %
Sierra Leone 7,650,154 2,409 0.03149 %
Mongolia 3,086,918 738 0.02391 %
Congo (Kinshasa) 70,916,439 12,470 0.01758 %
Burkina Faso 16,241,811 2,777 0.01710 %
Chad 10,543,464 1,661 0.01575 %
Papua New Guinea 6,064,515 645 0.01064 %
Eritrea 5,792,984 566 0.00977 %
Niger 15,878,271 1,443 0.00909 %
Yemen 28,498,687 2,137 0.00750 %
Marshall Islands 58,413 4 0.00685 %
China 1,392,730,000 92,488 0.00664 %
Burundi 11,175,378 677 0.00606 %
Thailand 67,089,500 3,961 0.00590 %
Fiji 875,983 38 0.00434 %
Western Sahara 273,008 10 0.00366 %
Taiwan* 22,894,384 625 0.00273 %
Timor-Leste 1,154,625 30 0.00260 %
Solomon Islands 652,858 17 0.00260 %
Cambodia 14,453,680 307 0.00212 %
Vietnam 89,571,130 1,331 0.00149 %
Tanzania 41,892,895 509 0.00122 %
Laos 6,368,162 39 0.00061 %
Vanuatu 292,680 1 0.00034 %

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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