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Covid: cases stable in CEE, deaths markedly down

Serbia again second for vaccination doses per 100 people

17 February, 10:12
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, FEB 17 - (by Stefano Giantin) COVID cases remained stable in Central- and Eastern Europe (CEE) and in the Balkans, while deaths went markedly down in the week ending February 14, show data from the latest epidemiological update of the World Health Organization (WHO).

According to the WHO epidemiological update, a total of 302,086 new COVID-19 cases -1,7% compared to last week) and 10,349 new deaths (-12.0% week-on-week) were reported by the countries in the Balkans and in Central- and Eastern Europe to the World Health Organization (WHO) through February 14, bringing the cumulative total of cases to 10,576,162 and of deaths to 246,706.

According to WHO data, in the past week the countries across Central- and Eastern Europe that reported more new cases were Czechia (53034), Germany (50551), Poland (38700), Ukraine (26294), Romania (16748), Slovakia (14460) and Serbia (13141).

The countries across the region that reported more new deaths last week were Germany (3443), Poland (1720), Czechia (908), Ukraine (733), Slovakia (677), Hungary (616) and Romania (516).

In Central- and Eastern Europe, the highest number of deaths from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic were reported in Germany (64960), Poland (40807), Ukraine (24330), Romania (19325), Czechia (18143) and Hungary (13706).

Slovenia remains the country in the region with the highest ratio between deaths and population, with 187 cumulative deaths per 100,000 population, compared to 154 in Italy, followed by Czechia (169) Bosnia-Herzegovina (149), North Macedonia (143), Hungary (142), Montenegro (140) and Bulgaria (138).

In Slovenia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Romania and in the Western Balkans (Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Albania) 2,273,384 confirmed cumulative cases (+61,406) and 54,269 deaths (+1,436) were registered as of February 14.

According to official data collected by the portal Our World in Data, updated as of February 15, Serbia (with 13.97 doses per 100 people) is once again second in Europe after the United Kingdom (23.33) for COVID-19 vaccination doses administered per 100 people. In Central- and Eastern Europe, the countries that are vaccinating at the fastest pace are Romania (5.98), Slovenia (5.71) and Poland (5.61), against 5.04 in Italy. (ANSA).

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