Peru became the world leader in COVID-19 deaths per capita

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Authorities corrected the mortality statistics, attributing it to insufficient testing.

Peruvian authorities nearly tripled the official number of COVID-19 deaths after a government analysis.

According to Johns Hopkins University, this made Peru the world leader in per capita deaths from the disease.

The government said it would adjust the death toll, which, as of Sunday, stood at 6,9342.

Authorities attributed it to insufficient testing, which made it difficult to determine whether the deaths were caused by the virus or some other disease.

According to Johns Hopkins University, the highest number of COVID-19 deaths per capita had previously been reported in Hungary, about 300 per 100,000 people.

With the updated data, the figure in Peru is now over 500 per 100,000.