COVID has been hardest hit by Eastern Europe

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The seven countries with the highest number of deaths from COVID-19 in proportion to their global population are in Central and Eastern Europe, according to an AFP count at 1400 GMT on Friday.

With 307 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, Hungary is the hardest hit, followed by the Czech Republic with 281 deaths per 100,000, Bosnia and Herzegovina with 280, Northern Macedonia with 258, Bulgaria with 254, Montenegro 251 and Slovakia 226.

Of the seven, Montenegro, which has the least population with 628,000 inhabitants, has recorded 1,578 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

The Czech Republic, with a population of more than 10.7 million, has recorded 30,088 deaths.

Both nations are also the two with the highest number of global infections in proportion to their population, with 15,839 and 15,505 per 100,000 people, respectively.

After the seven in Eastern Europe, Belgium and Brazil are the countries that have been most affected with 215 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by Slovenia with 210.

Europe remains the region most affected by the coronavirus pandemic with 1,130,491 deaths and 52,724,615 cases, followed by Latin America and the Caribbean with 1,024,435 deaths and 32,493,431 cases and the United States and Canada with 618,685 casualties fatalities and 34,612,033 infections.

COVID-19 has killed more than 3.5 million people worldwide since it was first discovered in China in December 2019.


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