This repository contains the data behind The Economist’s tracker for covid-19 excess deaths and the code that we have used to clean, analyse and present the numbers.
Our tracker uses data from a number of statistical bureaus, government departments and academic projects. For many of the countries, we have imported
total_deathsfrom the Human Mortality Database, which collates detailed weekly breakdowns from official sources around the world. For other countries, you can find a full list of sources and links in a file called
list_of_sources.csv, as well as spreadsheets in the
For most countries, we have imported national figures on official
covid deathsfrom a time series maintained by Johns Hopkins University and Our World In Data. For some countries, we have provided a regional breakdown of mortality. In these cases, we have imported regional
covid_deathsfrom a variety of sources, including a Latin American time series maintained by Data Science Research Peru.
Date accessed: 25 February 2021
Publication Site: github