While the number of deaths was not outstanding, the Hungarian government measured the success of fighting the epidemic in the proportion of deaths. But when these numbers started increasing, doctors and nurses became responsible. However, what is truly important is that far more people died last year than we thought.
“I look primarily at the number of deaths. Hungary measures the success of the defence in human lives,” Szabad Európa recalls Viktor Orbán’s words from last September.
By December, however, mortality rates had worsened. From then on, the success of the defence was no longer measured in the mortality rate, Viktor Orbán passed on the responsibility.
For example, in December, in response to a parliamentary question, the Prime Minister stated that “the government has no responsibility” in the aggravation of the epidemic.
And whoever questions this is actually attacking doctors and nurses, assuming they are not doing their job properly.
Drawing conclusions from coronavirus deaths alone can be misleading in itself. Some countries, for instance, swear by doing a lot of tests.
Hungary is not one of them; very few tests are performed, and now only a quarter of them are positive. In addition, for example, typically those who die at home will not be recorded in the statistics.
This is why most countries tend to look at the ratio of total deaths in an average year. This is not a perfect indicator either, as it is also affected by other aspects, such as the scarcity of traffic, for example. But it also includes deaths that result from other medical interventions that are delayed due to the epidemic.
In this respect, it is interesting that previously recorded numbers are changing in Hungary.
More precisely, the Central Statistical Office reported significantly more actual deaths than we could have known before. The “dramatic” deaths of last November have since been revised upwards several times.
This trend can be seen over several weeks, with some cases where there has been a modification of more than 10% compared to the original data.
In the past, these statistics typically changed by one or two or a few dozen people, but now, we are talking about hundreds.
Based on the above information, it is probable that our current, quite shocking mortality data will change significantly, and it will only be revealed in 3-4 months.