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John Burn-Murdoch+ Your Authors @jburnmurdoch Stories, stats & scatterplots for @FinancialTimes | Daily updates of the coronavirus trajectory tracker | [email protected] | #dataviz Jul. 13, 2020 2 min read + Your Authors

NEW: we’ve updated our excess mortality tracker, the best measure for international comparisons of Covid deaths

- US hit 149k a month ago, highest worldwide by far
- Peru & Ecuador now have world’s highest *rates*
- South Africa into excess

Free to read:  http://ft.com/coronavirus-latest 

Here are all countries’ excess deaths according to different metrics:
- Population-adjusted rate
- Raw numbers
- % of historical baseline

Peru & Ecuador among the worst on most metrics, UK & Spain also very hard hit. US has passed France for excess death rate, and still rising.

We’ve added new cities.

Whole top tow of hulking red peaks is Latin America.

@jude_webber & I wrote about Mexico City’s soaring death toll, which is hugely under-counted in official figures  https://www.ft.com/content/5746d3c0-ea4c-4552-b465-ea0c491079b2 

Mexico City & Lima are now 2nd and 3rd behind NYC worldwide.

Overall across the 24 countries where we have excess mortality data, we find 546,000 excess deaths during outbreaks.

This is 60% higher than the number of Covid deaths reported in these countries at the time.

You can freely access all our raw data here:

 https://github.com/Financial-Times/coronavirus-excess-mortality-data 

We’ve added data for 3 more US states, bringing us up to 48 in total.

Only 3 of the 48 are yet to record any excess deaths, showing how widespread the US epidemic is, and with cases accelerating across the south and west we may go on to see our first double peaks.

So far, of countries where we have full subnational data, only the UK has seen similarly widespread excess mortality.

Both countries’ governments were slow to act in the early days of their outbreak, and spent the next three months counting the cost of that delayed action.

Spain and Italy both lost tens of thousands of lives, but each contained their outbreak in fewer regions, limiting the loss of life.

Major urban areas including Rome were relatively unscathed.

Adjusted for population, France has seen less than half the excess death toll of the UK, Spain and Italy, and its excess mortality was also much less widespread than the outbreaks of the UK and US.

We’re still looking for more all-cause deaths data

India 🇮🇳 & African countries our top targets, but any country appreciated

Ideally daily, weekly or monthly data, for multiple years including 2020. Can be for 1 town or city, not just nationally

📦➡ [email protected] 🙏

Finally, please point us to high quality data on cases & deaths in Africa (we already have Johns Hopkins, ECDC, ACDC)

There’s a danger the scale of Africa’s pandemic is being under-reported due to shortages of both testing & data, risking the continent’s plight being overlooked.


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