It is a blow of the club. According to a technical council set up in April and composed of Peruvian experts and specialists from the World Health Organization (WHO), the number of deaths due to Covid-19 in Peru stood, on May 22, at 180,764 out of 33 million inhabitants. With these new figures announced on Monday, it is the country in the world that has recorded the highest number of deaths in relation to its population, according to the classification established by AFP on the basis of official figures, with 5,484 deaths per million inhabitants.
The previous report, stopped Sunday, reported 69,342 deaths, or 13th place with 2,103 deaths per million inhabitants. Until then, Hungary was the most affected country in proportion to its population, with 3,077 deaths per million inhabitants, according to AFP’s tally. By way of comparison, with more than 110,000 victims recorded in France, France has 600 deaths per million inhabitants.
“From today (…) we will have more exhaustive figures which will be of great use for the management of the pandemic”, declared at a press conference the president of the Council of Ministers and number two of the government, Violeta Bermudez.
The technical council proposed to modify the criteria for recording deaths after having estimated that “the current methodology has limits which lead to an underestimation of the number of deaths from Covid-19”. Until now, health authorities have only taken into account deaths for which a test confirmed the disease. From now on, people who meet seven technical criteria will be identified, including proven contaminations, but also “probable cases presenting an epidemiological link with a confirmed case”.
“A suspected case of Covid-19 which presents a clinical framework compatible with the disease” will also be taken into account. The technical council is made up of specialists from public entities, Peruvian private institutions as well as WHO experts.
Vaccination, which began on February 9, is progressing slowly with only 5% of the population having received at least one dose. The number of infected patients admitted to hospitals is declining, after a new wave in early spring, currently standing at 12,000, against more than 15,500 at the peak on April 20.