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Eastern Europe Hardest Hit By Covid, according to AFP Tally

According to an AFP report released at 1400 GMT on Friday, the seven nations with the largest number of COVID-19 deaths in relation to their overall population are in Central and Eastern Europe. 

Hungary has been affected the worst, with 307 deaths per 100,000 people, followed by the Czech Republic (281), Bosnia-Herzegovina (280), North Macedonia (258), Bulgaria (254), Montenegro (251), and Slovakia (226). 

Montenegro, the smallest of the seven countries, has suffered 1,578 fatalities since the outbreak began, with a population of 628,000 people. With a population of 10.7 million people, the Czech Republic has recorded 30,088 fatalities. Both countries have the greatest total infection rates in relation to their populations, with 15,839 and 15,505 infections per 100,000 persons, respectively. 

Following the seven nations in eastern Europe, Belgium and Brazil were the next heaviest impacted, with 215 fatalities per 100,000 people, followed by Slovenia with 210. 

With 1,130,491 deaths and 52,724,615 cases, Europe remained the region that was worst struck by the coronavirus pandemic, followed by Latin America and the Caribbean with 1,024,435 deaths and 32,493,431 cases, and the United States and Canada with 618,685 deaths and 34,612,033 infections. 

As of May 28, 2021, the Czech Republic finally reached its goal of 100,000 vaccinations per day. This comes 3 weeks after their infections were recorded rising more than 10 times faster than in Germany, according to data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. According to the Health Ministry’s data, Eight out of 10 administered doses are from Pfizer/BioNTech. So far, healthcare workers administered some 5.0 million vaccine doses and altogether roughly 1.4 million people have completed their vaccination in the Czech Republic, which has a population of 10.6 million. People 30 and over can currently register for vaccination.

Experts believe that the actual number of cases and deaths has been underreported. “As terrible as the COVID-19 pandemic appears, this analysis shows that the actual toll is significantly worse,” said Dr. Chris Murray, IHME’s director. “Understanding the true number of COVID-19 deaths not only helps us appreciate the magnitude of this global crisis, but also provides valuable information to policymakers developing response and recovery plans.” 

“Many countries have devoted exceptional effort to measuring the pandemic’s toll, but our analysis shows how difficult it is to accurately track a new and rapidly spreading infectious disease,” Murray said. “We hope that today’s report will encourage governments to identify and address gaps in their COVID-19 mortality reporting, so that they can more accurately direct pandemic resources.” Moving forward, IHME’s COVID-19 modeling, which forecasts the potential course of the pandemic over the next several months, will be based on these estimates of total COVID-19 deaths. IHME’s modeling is updated weekly and can be accessed at covid19.healthdata.org

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