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People carry the coffin of a COVID-19 victim for burial at a cemetery in Comas, on the outskirts of Lima, Peru. Photo: Raul Sifuentes/Getty Images

Peru officials revised the country's COVID-19 death toll Monday from 69,342 to 180,764 after a review.

Why it matters: The almost tripling of the number listed Sunday means the country has the worst pandemic death rate per capita, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

By the numbers: Per Johns Hopkins, Hungary previously had the highest coronavirus death toll per capita —about 300 per 100,000 people.

  • With its revised toll, Peru stands at over 500 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 people.

Driving the news: Officials said that the undercounting was partially down to "a lack of testing that made it difficult to confirm whether a person had died due to the virus or some other cause," Reuters reports.

  • Experts had long raised concerns that the official death toll had been undercounted, as hospitals packed out with coronavirus patients and oxygen ran short, the news agency notes.

What to watch: The revised numbers come ahead of a hotly contested June 6 presidential election runoff between the leftist Pedro Castillo and former lawmaker Keiko Fujimori.

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Hurricane Ida death toll rises to 26 in Louisiana

Homes destroyed in the wake of Hurricane Ida on Sept. 2 in Grand Isle, Louisiana. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

The death toll from Hurricane Ida's wake rose by 11 in Louisiana on Wednesday after health officials reported additional fatalities in New Orleans.

Details: The newest figures from Orleans Parish coroner's office bring the state's tally to 26, according to the state's health department. The newly recorded deaths occurred between Aug. 30 and Monday.

Updated 1 hour ago - Science

Volcanic eruption in Tonga caused "significant" damage

This satellite image of the eruption on Jan. 15 taken by Himawari-8, a Japanese weather satellite operated by Japan Meteorological Agency and released by National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT). Photo: NICT via AP

Significant damage has been reported in Tonga following an undersea volcanic eruption on Saturday, which covered the Pacific nation in ash and cut off communication lines.

Driving the news: The eruption triggered tsunami warnings across Tonga's islands and in other regions, including the West Coast of the U.S. and New Zealand.

Updated 3 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Trump dogs "dull" DeSantis ahead of potential 2024 matchup

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Donald Trump is trashing Ron DeSantis in private as an ingrate with a "dull personality" and no realistic chance of beating him in a potential 2024 showdown, according to sources who've recently talked to the former president about the Florida governor.

Why it matters: The two are among the most popular Republicans in the country, and as the former president eyes another run in 2024, he's irked by DeSantis' popularity and refusal to rule out running against him.

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