Even the worst-affected Central and Eastern European nations had substantially lower infection and mortality rates per million people than Western European countries, and the results are absolutely amazing in several cases: Only 1,413 confirmed cases and 25 fatalities have been reported in Slovakia. There have been only two deaths in the entire country of Slovenia. In fact, no one has died in Slovenia since April 12.
In contrast, France has had over 200 deaths due to COVID-19. Germany has had at least 90 deaths. Italy has had at least 50 deaths. Spain has had at least 60 deaths. The United Kingdom has had at least 50 deaths.
Eastern Europe has suffered a large number of infections but has had fewer deaths than expected. This is probably because many older people have been able to work from home or from local hospitals rather than being admitted to intensive care units.
There have been concerns that the lack of resources in some countries might be too low, but this seems not to be the case so far.
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Bulgaria, Ukraine, Serbia, and Latvia have the highest death rates in the world as of 2019. There were 15 to 16 fatalities per 1,000 individuals in these nations. Qatar has the lowest mortality rate in the world, with only one death per 1,000 inhabitants. This nation also ranks first in life expectancy at 79 years.
Death rates are calculated by dividing the number of deaths during a given time period by the population. A death rate of 10 per 1,000 people means that out of every 1,000 people, about 10 will die. Countries with higher death rates are likely to have poorer health outcomes overall compared with those with lower death rates. For example, more than half of Bulgaria's population is aged over 60 years and there are only around 5 doctors per 1,000 people. Without improvement, this figure is expected to rise further, leaving the country with an even smaller number of physicians as the population ages.
Higher death rates can be caused by disease outbreaks or accidents. For example, there have been several deadly wildfires throughout Europe this year. The deadliest was in Greece where 50 people died. Death rates from natural causes such as diseases and accidents make up most of the total worldwide mortality rate. Violence and malnutrition also contribute to high death rates.
Low death rates are usually seen in younger populations with good health care systems.
Last year, there were 22,000 murder victims in Europe, accounting for 5% of the global total in a region that accounts for 10% of the global population. In Europe, almost one in four people will be murdered during their lifetime.
The number of murders in Europe is increasing for the second consecutive year. There were more than 23,000 deaths from violence across the continent in 2018—the highest level since 2007. The majority of murders (about 7 out of 10) are committed by people who know their victim. About 1 in 20 murders is committed by an intruder who breaks into the house or apartment where the murder took place.
Murder rates vary significantly between countries. While most European states have seen an increase in homicide numbers over the past few years, some countries have been affected much harder than others. For example, France has experienced a large influx of immigrants from Africa and the Middle East, which has led to higher crime rates overall and especially homicides due to racism. Conversely, countries such as Finland and Israel have witnessed sharp drops in murder rates despite having populations with similar levels of education and income to those in France or Germany, respectively.
There are several factors that can influence how many murders occur in a country. One factor is the nature of its criminal justice system.
Bulgaria is number one. Bulgaria has the world's highest mortality rate, at 15.433 deaths per 1,000 inhabitants. More than half of all Bulgarians over the age of five are chronically sick.
The second place goes to Russia with 5.895 deaths per 100,000 people. Russia's death rate is higher than that of Japan or Germany.
Third place goes to Ukraine with 4.994 deaths per 100,000 people. Its death rate is higher than that of France or Italy.
Fourth place goes to Lithuania with 4.732 deaths per 100,000 people. Its death rate is higher than that of Austria or Switzerland.
Fifth place goes to Mexico with 3.914 deaths per 100,000 people. Its death rate is higher than that of Colombia or Chile.
Sixth place goes to Argentina with 3.636 deaths per 100,000 people. Its death rate is higher than that of Belgium or Netherlands.
Seventh place goes to Syria with 3.527 deaths per 100,000 people. The Syrian civil war has been going on since 2011 and it may have contributed to the high death rate.
This statistic depicts the top ten major causes of death in lower-middle income nations in 2016, as measured by deaths per 100,000 people...
|Characteristic||Deaths per 100,000 population|
|Ischaemic heart disease||119.4|
|Lower respiratory infections||48.1|
|Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease||39.3|
The most developed nations, on the other hand, have greater mortality rates as a result of a fast aging population. Consider two highly developed countries: Japan and Italy, both of which had mortality rates of 11 per 1,000 inhabitants (that means there are 11 deaths for every 1,000 people in the population). However, Japan's rate has increased since the 1980s, while Italy's has decreased. The reason for this difference is that earlier studies showed that older Japanese people had less chance of surviving than older Italians, but more recent data show that these differences have reduced.
There are three main factors that influence mortality rates: medical care, disease prevention, and health behaviors. Medical care can include the availability and quality of hospitals near where you live or work, as well as good primary care doctors who can monitor your health and refer you to specialists as needed. Disease prevention focuses on avoiding illness by staying healthy through nutrition and exercise. Health behaviors include issues such as smoking, drinking, and managing one's weight. All together, they can help keep you alive longer - even if you live in a country with plenty of medical care available.
For example, consider smoking. Smoking is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. It also increases your risk of developing diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and respiratory problems. If you smoke, then you should know that it's not just the elderly who suffer from smoking-related illnesses.