This chart takes a snapshot of the Top 50 countries which currently have the highest daily COVID-19 mortality in absolute numbers. It groups the countries by World Bank region and ranks them within each region by the daily absolute mortality toll.
The absolute expression of the mortality toll is useful to highlight the the contribution of countries or groups of countries to the global total. Mortality rates, which express the absolute toll relative to population size, provide an indication of performance controlling for population size. The absolute numbers however take the view that a life lost is a life lost, no matter where the person happened to live. It offers a valuable perspective on the absolute scale of the pandemic’s death toll.
To remove intra-week volatility in the reported data, the indicator is transformed into a 7-day trailing average (the average value of the latest observation and the preceding 6 days).