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Deaths 50% above normal in Bulgaria, the least vaccinated country in the EU – Eurostat

A doctor treats patients with coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the intensive care unit (ICU) of Pirogov Hospital in Sofia, Bulgaria on October 15, 2021. REUTERS / Stoyan Nenov

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Nov. 16 (Reuters) – More than 50% more people died in Bulgaria than usual in September, official data showed, making the least vaccinated country in the European Union its hardest hit in a resurgence of coronavirus cases at the end of summer.

According to a Eurostat report that compares additional deaths to pre-pandemic levels, Bulgaria had the highest excess mortality in the EU, followed by Lithuania, Greece and Romania – all above 30%.

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Since September, the pandemic has worsened further in Eastern Europe, with Bulgaria having recorded a record number of daily coronavirus deaths in recent weeks. Read more

Bulgaria only administered 44 doses of the vaccine per 100 people last week, the lowest rate of any European country, according to a Statista report.

It has one of the highest COVID-19 per capita death rates in the world, just like Romania with the second lowest vaccination rate in the EU, and where older people are particularly affected. Read more

The excessive number of deaths across the European Union rose to 12% in September, Eurostat said, climbing rapidly in late summer from a low of 5% in July.

The region had peaked at 40% more deaths in November 2020.

Among the countries with the lowest excess mortality in September are Sweden and Belgium. Belgium in particular faced high death rates at the start of the pandemic.

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Reporting by Sarah Morland Editing by Peter Graff

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