By Monday morning, 15,988 people had died of coronavirus in Hungary since the outbreak of the epidemic. If we project all the deaths to 1 million inhabitants, we get 1,658 victims. It is the 8th highest of all countries in the world.
Mini-states such as Gibraltar and San Marino distort the data, they are the 1st and the 2nd. In the ranking, Hungary has the 8th worst position. It is interesting that in addition to Hungary, there are several countries in the region among the ten worst performing countries. The Czech Republic is the third on the list, while Slovenia has the fifth-highest number of deaths due to coronavirus per 1 million people, says Worldometer. Even more worrying is that
Hungary deteriorated by two places compared to the February list.
At that time, Bosnia, the United States and Portugal had worse data than Hungary. So the number of death cases has also increased in proportion over the past months. Experts say this may continue in the upcoming months. The Hungarian government is trying to reduce the numbers by another lockdown, but it may be too late.
Mortality data is the most effective way to measure how well a country fights against the coronavirus. The number of positive cases detected by testing is greatly influenced by the number of tests performed in a given country. There can be huge differences between different countries in the world, moreover within the European Union. There are places where the government is making coronavirus tests en masse, somewhere else, only workers in specific sectors get tested. In some countries, only those who have symptoms are tested.
There may also be discrepancies in the calculation of mortality data.
According to the most common method, if a patient dies when the coronavirus test is positive, he gets registered as a pandemic victim. This is the method used in Hungary. It is important to mention that in many places, results are improved by reporting fewer patients and deaths. This is mainly typical of authoritarian countries, but recently a similar data alteration was revealed in New York.
It is interesting that during the first wave of the epidemic, Hungary still performed very well. There were only a few deaths and cases. However, during the second and third waves, the indicators deteriorated. Another interesting contrast is that there are many deaths in Hungary, despite the relatively high vaccination coverage. By Monday, 1 million people had been vaccinated. More than 300,000 citizens have already received the second dose of the vaccination.