Covid-19: 2021 is already deadlier than 2020

Çay is. On June 2, the number of deaths due to Covid-19 recorded in 2021 exceeded that of 2020: 1.88 million deaths have been recorded since January, against 1.83 million in 12 months last year. Although the pandemic is on the decline in many countries, the WHO has still recorded 190,000 new deaths over the past seven days. A figure twice as high as the previous week, but largely linked to the readjustments made in the count of Peru. Without counting this reassessment, the Covid-19 killed 80,000 over the last week: a figure equivalent to the previous week.

Among the countries recording a higher death toll this year than in 2020, several saw the epidemic arrive late, in the summer or even in the winter of 2020 only. Hungary, for example, which was until last week the most affected country in relation to its population, reached a first peak of contamination in December 2020, and a second in April 2021. Since then, the figures are rather reassuring. : the number of daily deaths decreases.

Russia, which reached a first peak in June 2020, experienced a second three times more deadly this winter. Daily mortality, which has been declining since the end of January, has increased slightly again since mid-May. The country is dangerously close to 64,000 deaths for 2021, or 7,000 more than in the whole of 2020. The countries of southern Africa, finally, which had also experienced a peak at the start of the year, record a number of deaths in 2021, certainly higher than 2020, but still quite low compared to their population. In Namibia and Botswana, however, daily mortality has risen somewhat since May.

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Other countries already severely affected last year are experiencing an even more deadly year 2021, mainly due to the appearance of the variants. There have thus been more than 270,000 deaths in Brazil since January, against 195,000 in 2020. But since mid-April, the daily number of Brazilian deaths has been decreasing. Several South American neighbors, such as Uruguay, are experiencing a similar trend. Same trend observed in Peru, until June 2, where a technical council reassessed the criteria for counting the dead, tripling the toll and making Peruvians the population most affected by the pandemic. In Argentina, on the other hand, mortality is still on an upward slope.

In India, finally, the month of May was twice as deadly as April. The Covid-19 killed another 23,714 people this week. However, this is 4,426 fewer deaths than last week. Since May 24, the daily death rate has been declining.

In most Western countries, 2021 remains less deadly than 2020, and daily death figures are falling. Consequences of restrictive measures, but also of vaccination campaigns. In May, France has deplored 4,887 deaths since the beginning of the month, almost half as many as in April.

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