EU COVID-19 Deaths Top 2 million

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported Thursday that the COVID-19 deaths in the European region had exceeded two million.

WHO released last week a report on excess mortality during the pandemic, which showed that despite the high number of recorded deaths, the data did not only include deaths due to COVID-19. The number of deaths between January 1, 2020, and December 31, 2021 “represents a fraction of the overall deaths directly and indirectly associated with COVID-19.”

According to Statista’s latest data on COVID-19 death rates in the European Economic Area and the United Kingdom, Bulgaria topped the list with a 5,318 per million population as of May 8, 2022, while Russia has the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths, with over 376,000 deaths.

Germany has recorded the highest number of COVID-19 cases in Europe in two weeks, with over a million.

“COVID-19 continues to remind us that SARS-CoV-2 is still a killer virus, especially for the unvaccinated and clinically vulnerable,” WHO said.

WHO also said that exiting from the acute phase of the pandemic is possible through the continuous monitoring of the virus, protecting the vulnerable sectors, and readying the health system for possible developments of the pandemic.


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