Deaths from Covid-19 in Eastern Europe exceed one million
Coronavirus deaths in Eastern Europe topped 1 million on Thursday, according to a Reuters count, like the Omicron variant threatened to fall on the region. Three of the five countries reporting the highest number of daily deaths in Europe are from the east, including Russia, Poland and Ukraine.
The number of deaths in Eastern Europe reached 1,045,454 Thursday, compared to 1 873 253 across Europe. The region includes Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia and Ukraine.
Relatively few cases of Omicron have been detected in Eastern Europe, unlike Western Europe where daily cases have broken records. Poland reported 794 Covid-related deaths on Wednesday. This was a record for the fourth wave of the pandemic, although the figure may have been inflated by reports delayed due to Christmas.
Russia exceeded Brazil to have the second highest death toll in the world during the Covid-19 pandemic, behind the United States. The statistics service, Rosstat, said 87,527 people had died from coronavirus-related causes in November, making it the deadliest month in Russia since the start of the pandemic.