Romania has highest number of Covid-19 deaths per capita in past fortnight in European Union

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Romania has had more Covid-19 deaths than any other country in the European Union or European economic area in the past fortnight per capita, a European agency said Tuesday.

The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control which publishes statistics on coronavirus-related deaths and infections across Europe reported that Romania had 3.1 deaths per 100,000 people from August 4-18, followed by its southern neighbor Bulgaria which had 1.8 deaths for the same period.

Luxembourg had one death per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by Belgium and then Spain, Italy, Sweden, Poland and Portugal which each had 0.4 deaths for every 100,000 people.

Romania reported 45 deaths on Tuesday and has had more than 40 fatalities on every day except four in the past two weeks. There were a record 53 deaths of people who had the novel coronavirus on August 13.

In the last two weeks, Spain had the highest number of infections, the agency said. It had 132.2 cases per 100,000 followed by Luxembourg with 98.3 cases, then Malta with 88.5 cases, and then Romania with 60.8 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

The agency said that there had been about 1.95 million cases of the novel coronavirus in the EU and the European Economic Area which includes Britain.

Spain has the highest number of cumulative infections since the pandemic began with 359,000 coronavirus infections, followed by the UK which registered 319,200. Italy, which was the epicenter of the pandemic in Spring has reported 254,235 cases and Germany 224,000

Most people have died in the UK where more than 41,000 succumbed to the virus, followed by Italy where 35,400 who had the virus died and France where almost 30,500 died. Some 28.646 died in Spain, the Stockholm-based agency said.

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