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Table 1 Summary of death registration sources for the six selected Latin American countries in 2020

From: Investigating regional excess mortality during 2020 COVID-19 pandemic in selected Latin American countries

Country Data source Place of death registration Area studied Periodicity of data availabilitya Smallest geographical coverage Data qualityb
Brazil Ministry of Health Place of residence 27 federal states Yearly data available since 1979 Municipality level 90–99% coverage of death counts
Chile Ministry of Health Place of residence 16 regions Yearly data available since 1955 Municipality level 90–99% coverage of death counts
Ecuador National Ecuadorian Statistical Office Place of residence 24 provinces Yearly data available since 1961 Municipality level 80–89% coverage of death counts
Guatemala National Registry of Persons Place of residence 22 departments Yearly data available since 2009 Municipality level 94% coverage of death counts
Mexico Secretariat of Health Place of residence 32 federal states Yearly data available since 1955 Municipality level 90–99% coverage of death counts
Peru Ministry of Health Place of residence 25 departments Yearly data available since 1966 Municipality level 50–74% coverage of death counts
  1. aThe year that each country started to collect death information is from the World Health Organization
  2. bBased on the United Nations Demographic Yearbook Vital Statistics Questionnaire (United Nations Statistics Division) for the following years: 2017 (Brazil), 2020 (Chile), 2020 (Ecuador), 2007 (Guatemala), 2020 (Mexico), and 2015 (Peru)