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 (

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.

In Argentina, the average age of death attributed to COVID-19 is 74.

In Peru 70% of reported COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic have been people aged 60 or more.

Between March 2020 and January 2021 86% of Colombia’s 55,000 reported COVID-19 deaths were aged 55+.

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