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Mumbai: The top 20 countries with the most COVID-19 cases together have as much population as India, but have 84 times the cases reported and 200 times the deaths in India,

Lav Agarwal, joint secretary, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, on April 28, citing the World Health Organization's (WHO) data. While the claim is true, it fails to mention the fact that these 20 countries have conducted 28 times the tests conducted in India, FactChecker.in analysis reveals.

Claim: "The World Health Organization data shows that the combined population of 20 nations where maximum COVID-19 cases have been found is almost the same as India's population. Further, these nations have together reported 84 times the number of cases reported in India."

"In addition, compared to the 20 nations where maximum COVID-19 cases have been reported, India has reported only 1/200 times [0.5%] the number of deaths as the total number of deaths in these 20 countries."

Fact: Partly true. The population of just one of these 20 countries, China, is more than that of India. So, on that count, Agarwal's contention is incorrect.

Further, the combined population of the top 20 countries--excluding China--that report the most COVID-19 cases, is 1.35 billion, as much as that of India, according to data from the WHO and the World Bank. The figures cited by the government official comparing India with these countries in terms of cases and deaths reported hold true. However, these 20 countries have conducted over 20 million tests by April 28, which is 28 times the number conducted by India (716,733 tests), as per Our World In Data, an initiative by the University of Oxford.

These countries together reported 2,400,663 COVID-19 cases or 86 times those of India (27,892), as on April 27, according to WHO's situation report. Likewise, these 20 nations reported 181,435 deaths or 208 times the number of India (872).

However, it is important to note that in terms of testing, the United States of America has tested more people than any other country--5 million tests--and also has the highest number of total confirmed cases and COVID-19 deaths in the world, according to the WHO bulletin of April 27.

COVID-19: Top 20 Countries And India
CountriesConfirmed CasesDeathsPopulation (in millions)Total TestingTests Per Million
United States of America93169847980326579316217770
Spain*2076342319046.71,035,52222174
Italy1976752664460.41,846,93430578
Germany**155193575082.9254705230724
The United Kingdom1528442073266.45993399026
France1232792282166.972457410831
Turkey110130280582.3948,11511520
Iran (Islamic Republic)***90481571081.8432,3295285
Russian Federation87147794144.43,139,25821740
Brazil585094016209.4339,5521622
Belgium46134709411.423308120446
Canada4577824893774085920023
Netherlands37845447517.221516912510
Switzerland2897813368.526478131151
Peru2533170031.9239,5637510
Portugal2386490310.239577138801
Ecuador2271957617509612998
Ireland1926210874.8153,05431886
Sweden**18640219410.1119,20011802
Saudi Arabia1752213933.6200,0005952
Total240066318143513492001827614839
India278928721352716733 530
China8434146431392NA

Source: Our World In Data, WHO and Indian Council of Medical Research; World Bank; Worldometer
Note: Testing figures as on April 28; *April 23, **April 26, ***April 27
Data for Brazil and Saudi Arabia are from Worldometer and are as of April 30

Indian states and union territories that have more testing centres and are testing more samples are reporting higher numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases, an IndiaSpend analysis of testing and case data from 11 states showed on March 25.

Mumbai: The top 20 countries with the most COVID-19 cases together have as much population as India, but have 84 times the cases reported and 200 times the deaths in India, Lav Agarwal, joint secretary, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, on April 28, citing the World Health Organization's (WHO) data. While the claim is true, it fails to mention the fact that these 20 countries have conducted 28 times the tests conducted in India, FactChecker.in analysis reveals.

Claim: "The World Health Organization data shows that the combined population of 20 nations where maximum COVID-19 cases have been found is almost the same as India's population. Further, these nations have together reported 84 times the number of cases reported in India."

"In addition, compared to the 20 nations where maximum COVID-19 cases have been reported, India has reported only 1/200 times [0.5%] the number of deaths as the total number of deaths in these 20 countries."

Fact: Partly true. The population of just one of these 20 countries, China, is more than that of India. So, on that count, Agarwal's contention is incorrect.

Further, the combined population of the top 20 countries--excluding China--that report the most COVID-19 cases, is 1.35 billion, as much as that of India, according to data from the WHO and the World Bank. The figures cited by the government official comparing India with these countries in terms of cases and deaths reported hold true. However, these 20 countries have conducted over 20 million tests by April 28, which is 28 times the number conducted by India (716,733 tests), as per Our World In Data, an initiative by the University of Oxford.

These countries together reported 2,400,663 COVID-19 cases or 86 times those of India (27,892), as on April 27, according to WHO's situation report. Likewise, these 20 nations reported 181,435 deaths or 208 times the number of India (872).

However, it is important to note that in terms of testing, the United States of America has tested more people than any other country--5 million tests--and also has the highest number of total confirmed cases and COVID-19 deaths in the world, according to the WHO bulletin of April 27.

COVID-19: Top 20 Countries And India
CountriesConfirmed CasesDeathsPopulation (in millions)Total TestingTests Per Million
United States of America93169847980326579316217770
Spain*2076342319046.71,035,52222174
Italy1976752664460.41,846,93430578
Germany**155193575082.9254705230724
The United Kingdom1528442073266.45993399026
France1232792282166.972457410831
Turkey110130280582.3948,11511520
Iran (Islamic Republic)***90481571081.8432,3295285
Russian Federation87147794144.43,139,25821740
Brazil585094016209.4339,5521622
Belgium46134709411.423308120446
Canada4577824893774085920023
Netherlands37845447517.221516912510
Switzerland2897813368.526478131151
Peru2533170031.9239,5637510
Portugal2386490310.239577138801
Ecuador2271957617509612998
Ireland1926210874.8153,05431886
Sweden**18640219410.1119,20011802
Saudi Arabia1752213933.6200,0005952
Total240066318143513492001827614839
India278928721352716733 530
China8434146431392NA

Source: Our World In Data, WHO and Indian Council of Medical Research; World Bank; Worldometer
Note: Testing figures as on April 28; *April 23, **April 26, ***April 27
Data for Brazil and Saudi Arabia are from Worldometer and are as of April 30

Indian states and union territories that have more testing centres and are testing more samples are reporting higher numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases, an IndiaSpend analysis of testing and case data from 11 states showed on March 25.

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