Three points on confirmed death figures to keep in mind:
All three points are true for all currently available international data sources on COVID-19 deaths.
- the actual total death toll from COVID-19 is likely to be higher than the number of confirmed deaths – this is due to limited testing and problems in the attribution of the cause of death; the difference between reported confirmed deaths and total deaths varies by country
- how COVID-19 deaths are recorded may differ between countries (e.g. some countries may only count hospital deaths, whilst others have started to include deaths in homes)
- the reported death figures on a given date does not necessarily show the number of new deaths on that day: this is due to delays in reporting.