Skip to main content

What does the mortality rate mean and why does the percentage keep changing?

The mortality rate is the percentage of people who died due to COVID-19 out of the total number of people with COVID-19 reported. Since this is an ongoing outbreak, the percentage can change daily. There are several reasons for this, such as there may be delays in reporting of additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 and not all COVID-19 cases will be detected.

Last updated June 25, 2020
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Preventionlinks to external site

See also: COVID-19 facts