Covid: Peru more than doubles death toll after review


Peru has more than doubled its Covid death toll following a review, making it the country with the world's highest death rate per capita, according to Johns Hopkins University data.


The official death toll is now more than 180,000, up from 69,342, in a country of about 33 million people.


Prime Minister Violeta Bermudez said the number was increased on the advice of Peruvian and international experts.


This was in line with so-called excess deaths figures.


Excess deaths are a measure of how many more people are dying than would be expected based on the previous few years.


"We think it is our duty to make public this updated information," Ms Bermudez said.

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