Peru, which reassessed the number of people who died of Covid-19 from 69,000 to 180,000 on Monday on the advice of experts, is now the country in the world with the highest number of deaths per million inhabitants, according to the classification established by AFP on the basis of official figures.
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 stood at 180,764 in this country on May 22. of 33 million inhabitants. Either the country most affected by the pandemic, 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.
Change in death registration criteria
“From today (…) we will have more exhaustive figures which will be of great use for the management of the pandemic”, declared in a press conference the president of the Council of Ministers and number two from 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 leads 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 has declined, standing at 12,000 today against more than 15,500 at the peak on April 20.