According to Johns Hopkins University data, on Monday, Peru nearly tripled its official death rate of Covid-19 up to 180,746 which makes the country with the worst death toll per capita.
Undoubtedly, Peru has been one of the most affected Latin America countries during the pandemic, with overcrowded hospitals and requests for oxygen from patients.
The government will update the death rates that were at 69,342 on Sunday, partly due to the lack of testing which made it harder to diagnose whether someone had died because of the virus or other causes.
According to Johns Hopkins data, Hungary has had the worst number of deaths per capita, around 300 per 100,000 people. However now with the newly updated death toll, Peru takes the lead with over 500 deaths per 100,000 people.
”We think it is our duty to make public this updated information.” stated the Prime Minister of Peru Violeta Bermudez.
Brazil has the highest death toll in Latin America, with over 450,000 deaths since the pandemic, but the death toll per capita in Peru now doubles that of Brazil.
The so-called excess death figures are in line with the newly updated numbers in Peru. Such excess death figures have been used by the researchers in Peru and across other countries in order to measure potential undercounting throughout the pandemic.
These excess deaths are used to measure the total number of deaths during a certain period of time and comparing them with the pre-pandemic period of time.