COVID-19: Mortality statistics keep worsening in Hungary

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The number of new COVID-19 cases is in a downward trend in Hungary, while the number of Covid deaths is in an upward trend.
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The table below offers the key metrics of the coronavirus pandemic for the last four weeks, compared with the situation a year ago: new cases, hosplitalisations, number of ventilated Covid patients, and deaths (you need to scroll down for that). If you don't want to compare the data, that's also fine, just look at the numbers and curves and columns for this year alone.

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Based on 7-day averages, hospitalisations continue to grow at a diminishing rate, while the week-on-week growth rate of the 7-day average of the number of Covid patients on ventilator has dropped for the second day in a row since this metric started to worsen on 28 January.

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Highlights of of today's data release:

  • new cases -3.5% d/d, -33% w/w;
  • 7-day average of new cases -7.9% d/d, -35% w/w;
  • Covid patients in hospital -104 (-2%) d/d, -136 (-2.6%) w/w;
  • Covid patients on ventilator +1.5% d/d, +4% w/w;
  • Covid deaths +19 (+15.7%) d/d, +16 (+16.2%) w/w.

And now, a few charts on the key changes that do not require much explanation, except that the number of Covid deaths is still extremely high considering that about 39% of the population received three doses of COVID-19 vaccines and about 62% had two shots, while a year ago only about 70,000 people had been protected by two doses.

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The following chart basically shows the same data as the two above; it's a four-in-one graph.

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How to read the following chart?
On the two charts below the 0% line is important. When the curves are under 0% there’s a decline, when they go over 0% it’s an increase.

More importantly, when a value is north of 0% but the curve descends, it means an increase at a slowing rate, rather than a decrease. If the curve is above 0% and ascending, it is an increase at an accelerating rate. When we are under 0% and the curve goes lower, it translates into an accelerating decrease, and when it goes up it marks a decelerating decrease.

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42,996 people have died of coronavirus-related diseases since the outbreak in the spring of 2020. That is the official figure. The actual number is way bigger.

Hungary is fourth in the world (third if we exclude Bosnia and Herzegovina with a small 1.6-million population) in terms of Covid deaths per one million population, behind Peru and Bulgaria.

The aggregate figure of Covid deaths between 1 August and 14 February is slightly lower in 2021/22 (12,939) than in 2020/21 (13,334).

Note that excess mortality statistics (released by the Central Statistical Office, KSH) paint a more accurate picture of the severity of the coronavirus pandemic than the numbers published by the coronavirus task force, but due to constant revisions the final (or close to final) mortality data will not be available for the period under review at least until late March.

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If you were wondering how were were doing in terms of coronavirus-related mortality, here are the daily deaths figures and their accumulation for the period between 1 January and 16 February in 2021 and this year.

The following chart shows the number of Covid deaths as a percentage of the number of Covid patients on ventilator (daily figures). The ascending trend is clear, albeit it's at least not steep.

The following charts show daily readings, with the one on the right zooming in on this year alone.

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