Coronavirus decreased life expectancy by eight months and became the third most common cause of death in Hungary in 2020.
Apart from Covid-19, only cancer and various circulatory system diseases have claimed more lives – writes G7. However, the data and the statistics raised some issues in the past. Minister of Human Resources, Miklós Kásler, ordered doctors to put Covid as comorbidity on death certificates in some cases. The reason for this was that in these cases, ”the deceased has a history of a critical illness, chronic illness or condition which in itself could have resulted in death”. So writing that Covid was not the primary cause of death was not a method to fabricate false records; it simply is a practice even in case of other viruses and even the flu.
As a result of different interpretations of the minister’s order, some people were concerned that many people who passed away from coronavirus will not be in the database, while others thought the number of cases will look higher based on the data than it actually is.
In 2020 the virus caused many deaths. 141,000 people died. The last time more people lost their lives was in 1999.
According to data collected by the operational staff and KSH (Central Statistics Office) turns out that at the beginning of the second wave, there may have been more people who died from covid than what the numbers show. In the spring, however, due to the new protocol, the number of fatal cases was overestimated. Eventually, Covid-19 became a new category among the causes of death.
Most people died of some circulatory disease last year, and the number of deaths from circulatory disease always rises even in years affected by more severe influenza. 66,000 people died last year from circulatory illnesses, which was not higher than the number of deceased in 2015 and 2017 when influenza really hit society. At the same time, fewer people died of cancer and respiratory illnesses in 2020 than in the previous years.
There were also fewer accidents, but the number of suicides got higher, and causes of decease indicated as “other” appeared more times on death certificates.
According to statistics from August 2021, there were 812,227 coronavirus infections in Hungary, 777,234 people recovered, there are 4936 active cases, and a total of 30,057 people died from the virus.
Another website collected the number of novel coronavirus deaths worldwide as of August 30, 2021, by country. Here the United States is leading the list, followed by Brazil, India, Mexico, Peru, Russia, United Kingdom, Indonesia, Italy, and Colombia. At the bottom of the list are Vanuatu, Western Sahara, Montserrat, Grenada with only one death, followed by MS Zaandam, Cayman Islands, Faeroe Islands, St. Barth with two cases, and then Saint Kitts and Nevis and Bhutan with three cases. Among European countries, Monaco and Iceland have the fewest deaths caused by Covid, with 33 cases.