Peru: Regime more than doubles official Covid-19 death toll

Source: CNN

“Peru has more than doubled its official death toll from the Covid-19 pandemic following a government review of the figures, leaving the country with the highest coronavirus-related death rate per capita in the world. Peru’s prime minister announced Monday that the death toll from March 1, 2020 to May 22, 2021 had been revised up to 180,764. The previous figure was 67,807, which is 2.6 times lower. Speaking at a press conference on CNN affiliate TV Peru, Violeta Bermudez said the updated figures were based on advice taken from a panel of Peruvian and international experts. … Peru already had one of the world’s worst death rates before the government review. The new numbers bring the mortality rate from just over 200 to more than 500 deaths per 100,000 people — topping Hungary, which had 305 deaths per 100,000 people as of May 22, according to John Hopkins University data.” (06/01/21)