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Coronavirus Now the Most Common Specific Cause of Death in Hungary

Balázs Frei 2020.11.10.

Over the past seven days, the coronavirus has killed 89 people a day on average in Hungary. Based on data from last November, this would make it the second most common cause of death as a category, and the most deadly specific type of ailment.

According to the Central Statistical Office (KSH), the most common cause of death last November was cardiovascular disease. 4,910 people died of such ailments over the course of the month, more than 163 a day. The second most prevalent cause was cancer, killing 2,615 people over the month, or more than 87 each day.

Based on this, the coronavirus would constitute the second most common cause of death as a category. However, the coronavirus does not constitute an entire category the same way cardiovascular disease does. Based on the Statistical Office’s categorization, it would likely belong under “diseases of the respiratory system,” the same as the flu.

The most common specific ailment to result in death last November was ischemic heart disease (coronary artery disease), responsible for the death of 2,400 people; 80 per day. Within this category, the most widespread distinct sub-type was chronic ischemic heart disease, killing 1,930 people, or around 64 a day. 

This would make the coronavirus the single most common specific cause of death in Hungary.

Data from Átlátszó and the Central Statistical Office. Cyan are groups of diseases, yellow and red are specific diseases or subtypes.

The overall number of deaths in Hungary has shown a slight downward trend over the past two decades. It has recently started showing a tendency towards growth. Numbers are expected to be slightly different this year than in 2019, but it can still be taken as a very good indication.

Featured photo illustration by Zoltán Balogh/MTI