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Belgium has highest Covid-19 lethality rate but NY tops all countries

According to reports from the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, the Belgian government has to deal with the highest lethality rate in the world by number of infected people.

Published: April 17, 2020, 8:52 am

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    According to Italian daily la Repubblica, it is the highest lethality rate globally among infected people while it boasts another record to consider, namely that the country has the second most deaths per million inhabitants across Europe.

    The percentage fluctuates around 13,4 percent. In Italy, it is 13 percent, in the United Kingdom 12,8 percent. In Germany even 2,5 percent; in the United States we are 4,3 percent and in China 4 percent.

    In Belgium there are also 383 deaths per million inhabitants, but considering that there are 11,5 million people in the country, this is the second highest figure in Europe behind Spain.

    The latest bulletin on the Covid-19 epidemic showed alarming data: 417 victims, of whom 127 in hospital and 289 in rest homes.

    In terms of new cases, the country recorded 1 236 cases, bringing the current total to 34 809.

    The number of deaths related to the epidemic has jumped to 4 857. Going into detail, however, some 49 percent of deaths occurred in hospitals and another 49 percent in nursing homes .

    On March 14, the restrictive measures that will last until May 3 were announced suggesting that authorities acted too late. Also, the management of the crisis in the old people’s homes has been lacking.

    On Thursday, New York state recorded 7 067 deaths and 159 937 total cases however. It is more than any country in the world has reported to date, according to Johns Hopkins. New York City itself had 87 028 total cases and 5 280 fatalities.

    New York Mayor Bill de Blasio acknowledged the real toll was likely higher, saying only COVID-19 could explain a recent massive spike in deaths at home.

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