Reported COVID-19 deaths and older people in low and middle-income countries

Mar 2, 2021 | All posts, Relevant news and stories

By Peter Lloyd-Sherlock

Data on COVID-19 mortality are very incomplete for many LMICs and information about older people is especially scarce. Despite this, some recent reports have confidently claimed that younger people account for a much larger share of COVID-19 deaths in these countries than in high-income countries (https://publications.iadb.org/publications/english/document/The-Younger-Age-Profile-of-COVID-19-Deaths-in-Developing-Countries.pdf).

Here are some headline figures from recent reports from a number of countries in Latin America. They tell a very different story.


86% of reported COVID-19 deaths in Chile since the start of the pandemic have been aged 60 or more.
https://www.pauta.cl/nacional/el-perfil-de-los-fallecidos-por-covid-19-en-chile-actualizado

In Argentina, the average age of death attributed to COVID-19 is 74. https://www.infobae.com/salud/ciencia/2021/01/16/las-estadisticas-de-letalidad-y-mortalidad-por-covid-19-en-argentina-son-iguales-o-mejores-que-las-de-muchos-paises-europeos-ricos/

In Peru 70% of reported COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic have been people aged 60 or more. https://data.larepublica.pe/envivo/1552578-casos-confirmados-muertes-coronavirus-peru

Between March 2020 and January 2021 86% of Colombia’s 55,000 reported COVID-19 deaths were aged 55+. http://www.radiosantafe.com/2021/02/05/529305/

Please see our data section for detailed information and a wider set of resources  https://corona-older.com/data-and-tools/