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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 December 3, 2020.

COVID-19 CASES AS PERCENT OF POPULATION
COUNTRY POPULATION # CASES # CASES AS PERCENT OF POPULATION
Andorra 84,000 6,904 8.21905 %
Luxembourg 607,728 36,429 5.99429 %
Montenegro 622,345 36,932 5.93433 %
Bahrain 1,569,439 87,432 5.57091 %
San Marino 31,477 1,714 5.44525 %
Kuwait 2,789,132 143,574 5.14762 %
Belgium 11,422,068 584,857 5.12041 %
Czechia 10,625,695 537,663 5.06003 %
Qatar 2,781,677 139,477 5.01413 %
Armenia 2,968,000 138,508 4.66671 %
USA 327,167,434 14,139,577 4.32182 %
Oman 2,967,717 124,329 4.18938 %
Panama 4,176,873 171,219 4.09921 %
Switzerland 8,484,100 340,115 4.00885 %
Slovenia 2,067,372 81,349 3.93490 %
Israel 8,883,800 341,042 3.83892 %
Liechtenstein 35,000 1,339 3.82571 %
Jordan 6,407,085 231,237 3.60908 %
Spain 46,723,749 1,675,902 3.58683 %
Argentina 41,343,201 1,447,732 3.50174 %
United Arab Emirates 4,975,593 172,751 3.47197 %
France 66,987,244 2,310,271 3.44882 %
Croatia 4,089,400 139,415 3.40918 %
Austria 8,847,037 293,430 3.31670 %
Maldives 395,650 13,106 3.31252 %
Georgia 4,630,000 147,636 3.18868 %
Netherlands 17,231,017 546,982 3.17440 %
Costa Rica 4,516,220 142,505 3.15540 %
North Macedonia 2,082,958 65,231 3.13165 %
Brazil 209,469,333 6,487,084 3.09691 %
Peru 31,989,256 967,075 3.02312 %
Portugal 10,281,762 307,618 2.99188 %
Chile 18,729,160 555,406 2.96546 %
Italy 60,431,283 1,664,829 2.75491 %
Bosnia and Herzegovina 3,323,929 91,539 2.75394 %
Serbia 7,344,847 199,158 2.71153 %
Colombia 49,648,685 1,343,322 2.70565 %
Sweden 10,183,175 272,643 2.67739 %
Poland 38,500,000 1,028,610 2.67171 %
Moldova 4,324,000 112,307 2.59729 %
Malta 403,000 10,197 2.53027 %
Romania 19,473,936 492,211 2.52754 %
United Kingdom 66,488,991 1,678,418 2.52435 %
Bahamas 301,790 7,549 2.50141 %
West Bank and Gaza 3,800,000 92,708 2.43968 %
Hungary 9,982,000 231,844 2.32262 %
Belize 314,522 7,236 2.30063 %
Lithuania 2,944,459 67,066 2.27770 %
Kosovo 1,800,000 40,117 2.22872 %
Bulgaria 7,000,039 155,193 2.21703 %
Cabo Verde 508,659 10,938 2.15036 %
Slovakia 5,455,000 111,208 2.03864 %
Lebanon 6,848,925 132,817 1.93924 %
Ukraine 45,415,596 793,372 1.74692 %
Singapore 3,547,809 58,239 1.64155 %
South Africa 49,000,000 800,872 1.63443 %
Russia 144,478,050 2,354,934 1.62996 %
Monaco 38,682 630 1.62866 %
Azerbaijan 8,303,512 133,733 1.61056 %
Iceland 353,574 5,448 1.54084 %
Ireland 4,853,506 73,228 1.50877 %
Denmark 5,797,446 85,663 1.47760 %
Belarus 9,685,000 141,609 1.46215 %
Iraq 38,433,600 558,767 1.45385 %
Albania 2,866,376 40,501 1.41297 %
Saudi Arabia 25,731,776 358,102 1.39167 %
Germany 82,927,922 1,141,544 1.37655 %
Dominican Republic 10,627,165 146,009 1.37392 %
Paraguay 6,375,830 85,477 1.34064 %
Libya 6,461,454 84,849 1.31316 %
Kyrgyzstan 5,776,500 73,933 1.27989 %
Bolivia 11,353,142 145,186 1.27882 %
Iran 81,800,269 1,003,494 1.22676 %
Kazakhstan 15,340,000 177,386 1.15636 %
Ecuador 17,084,357 195,884 1.14657 %
Honduras 9,587,522 109,760 1.14482 %
Morocco 33,848,242 368,624 1.08905 %
Suriname 492,829 5,322 1.07989 %
Canada 37,058,856 399,770 1.07874 %
Greece 10,727,668 111,537 1.03971 %
Estonia 1,320,884 13,469 1.01970 %
Cyprus 1,189,265 11,523 0.96892 %
Tunisia 10,589,025 99,280 0.93757 %
Guatemala 13,550,440 124,053 0.91549 %
Mexico 126,190,788 1,144,643 0.90707 %
Turkey 82,319,724 733,261 0.89075 %
Latvia 2,217,969 19,307 0.87048 %
Nepal 28,951,852 237,589 0.82063 %
Djibouti 740,528 5,689 0.76824 %
Guyana 779,004 5,528 0.70962 %
India 1,352,617,328 9,571,559 0.70763 %
Norway 5,314,336 37,371 0.70321 %
Namibia 2,128,471 14,599 0.68589 %
El Salvador 6,420,744 39,130 0.60943 %
Gabon 1,545,255 9,239 0.59789 %
Botswana 2,254,126 11,531 0.51155 %
Equatorial Guinea 1,014,999 5,159 0.50828 %
Sao Tome and Principe 197,700 997 0.50430 %
Trinidad and Tobago 1,389,858 6,725 0.48386 %
Finland 5,518,050 26,422 0.47883 %
Eswatini 1,354,051 6,474 0.47812 %
Philippines 106,651,922 435,413 0.40826 %
Jamaica 2,934,855 10,911 0.37177 %
Venezuela 28,870,195 103,548 0.35867 %
Bangladesh 156,118,464 471,739 0.30217 %
Mauritania 3,205,060 9,005 0.28096 %
Uzbekistan 27,865,738 73,431 0.26352 %
Algeria 34,586,184 85,927 0.24844 %
Gambia 1,593,256 3,767 0.23643 %
Indonesia 242,968,342 557,877 0.22961 %
Pakistan 184,404,791 410,072 0.22238 %
Malaysia 31,528,585 69,095 0.21915 %
Kenya 40,046,566 86,383 0.21571 %
Ghana 24,339,838 51,667 0.21227 %
Seychelles 88,340 183 0.20715 %
Congo (Brazzaville) 3,039,126 5,774 0.18999 %
Uruguay 3,477,000 6,455 0.18565 %
Burma 53,414,374 95,018 0.17789 %
Antigua and Barbuda 86,754 144 0.16599 %
Saint Lucia 160,922 262 0.16281 %
Afghanistan 29,121,286 46,718 0.16043 %
Guinea-Bissau 1,565,126 2,441 0.15596 %
Egypt 80,471,869 117,156 0.14559 %
Tajikistan 9,100,837 12,308 0.13524 %
Zambia 13,460,305 17,730 0.13172 %
Senegal 12,323,252 16,217 0.13160 %
Guinea 10,324,025 13,167 0.12754 %
Cameroon 19,294,149 24,487 0.12691 %
Ethiopia 88,013,491 111,579 0.12677 %
Japan 126,529,100 155,938 0.12324 %
Sri Lanka 21,513,990 26,038 0.12103 %
Angola 13,068,161 15,361 0.11755 %
Dominica 72,813 85 0.11674 %
Australia 24,992,369 27,949 0.11183 %
Lesotho 2,108,132 2,145 0.10175 %
Cote d'Ivoire 21,058,798 21,389 0.10157 %
Central African Republic 4,844,927 4,918 0.10151 %
Barbados 285,653 281 0.09837 %
Nicaragua 6,465,513 5,838 0.09029 %
Haiti 11,123,176 9,331 0.08389 %
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 104,217 87 0.08348 %
Madagascar 21,281,844 17,513 0.08229 %
Zimbabwe 13,061,000 10,424 0.07981 %
Cuba 11,338,138 8,531 0.07524 %
Comoros 832,322 615 0.07389 %
Mozambique 22,061,451 15,918 0.07215 %
South Korea 51,635,256 36,332 0.07036 %
Uganda 33,398,682 21,612 0.06471 %
Bhutan 699,847 418 0.05973 %
Rwanda 11,055,976 6,011 0.05437 %
Sudan 35,000,000 18,535 0.05296 %
New Zealand 4,252,277 2,069 0.04866 %
Togo 6,587,239 3,039 0.04613 %
Liberia 3,685,076 1,663 0.04513 %
Somalia 10,112,453 4,525 0.04475 %
Nigeria 154,000,000 68,303 0.04435 %
Saint Kitts and Nevis 51,134 22 0.04302 %
Mauritius 1,265,303 508 0.04015 %
Brunei 395,027 151 0.03823 %
South Sudan 8,260,490 3,154 0.03818 %
Grenada 107,818 41 0.03803 %
Syria 22,198,110 8,147 0.03670 %
Mali 13,796,354 4,880 0.03537 %
Malawi 17,563,749 6,043 0.03441 %
Benin 9,056,010 3,055 0.03373 %
Sierra Leone 7,650,154 2,416 0.03158 %
Mongolia 3,086,918 831 0.02692 %
Burkina Faso 16,241,811 3,062 0.01885 %
Congo (Kinshasa) 70,916,439 13,132 0.01852 %
Chad 10,543,464 1,708 0.01620 %
Papua New Guinea 6,064,515 671 0.01106 %
Niger 15,878,271 1,640 0.01033 %
Eritrea 5,792,984 594 0.01025 %
Yemen 28,498,687 2,239 0.00786 %
Marshall Islands 58,413 4 0.00685 %
China 1,392,730,000 93,221 0.00669 %
Burundi 11,175,378 692 0.00619 %
Thailand 67,089,500 4,053 0.00604 %
Fiji 875,983 42 0.00479 %
Western Sahara 273,008 10 0.00366 %
Taiwan* 22,894,384 686 0.00300 %
Timor-Leste 1,154,625 31 0.00268 %
Solomon Islands 652,858 17 0.00260 %
Cambodia 14,453,680 335 0.00232 %
Vietnam 89,571,130 1,361 0.00152 %
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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