How Many People Die Each Day?

Nearly 150,000 people die per day worldwide, based on the latest comprehensive research published in 2017. Which diseases are the most deadly, and how many lives do they take per day?

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How Many People Die Each Day?

How Many People Die Each Day?

As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, the media continues to rattle off statistics at full force.

However, without a frame of reference, numbers such as the death toll can be difficult to interpret. Mortalities attributed to the virus, for example, are often measured in the thousands of people per day globally—but is this number a little or a lot, relative to typical causes of death?

This infographic uses data from Our World in Data to provide context with the total number of worldwide daily deaths. It also outlines how many people who die each day from specific causes.


First published: May 15, 2020 (link)

Source files included: .ai, .eps, .pdf

Data source: IHME, Global Burden of Disease via Our World in Data, based on 2017 data. COVID-19 deaths are based on data from the European CDC – Situation Update Worldwide, as of May 15 2020.

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