Peru more than doubles Covid deaths after review

Peru more than doubles Covid deaths after review
# 01 June 2021 11:27 (UTC +04:00)

Peru has more than doubled its Covid death toll following a review, making it the country with the world's highest death rate per capita, according to Johns Hopkins University data, APA reports citing BBC. 

The official death toll is now more than 180,000, up from 69,342, in a country of about 33 million people.

PM Violeta Bermudez told reporters that the number was increased on the advice of Peruvian and international experts.

This was in line with so-called excess deaths figures.

Excess deaths are a measure of how many more people are dying than would be expected based on the previous few years.

"We think it is our duty to make public this updated information," Ms Bermudez said.

The news, released on Monday, came just six days before Peru holds a presidential run-off election between leftist Pedro Castillo and right-wing candidate Keiko Fujimori.

Peru has been one of the worst-hit countries in Latin America, resulting in an overstretched healthcare system and a lack of oxygen tanks.

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