Does US really have world’s highest Covid death toll?

By Jake Horton
BBC Reality Check

The US is approaching one million Covid deaths – the highest total officially recorded anywhere in the world.

But a new report from the World Health Organization (WHO) shows several other countries recorded more deaths above their normal levels than the US over the last two years.

So does the US really have the highest Covid death toll, and by what measure?

US deaths above global average

There’s no international standard for measuring deaths or their causes, and countries record deaths in different ways, which makes comparison difficult.