(by Stefano Giantin) (ANSA) - BELGRADE, MAY 12 - Cases and deaths are continuing to drop in countries in Central- and Eastern Europe (CEE), the latest epidemiological update of the World Health Organization (WHO) shows. According to the update, a total of 280690 new COVID-19 cases (-25.5% compared to last week) and 9848 new deaths (-19.1% week-on-week) were reported by the countries in the Balkans and in Central- and Eastern Europe to the World Health Organization (WHO) through May 9, bringing the cumulative total deaths to 391048. According to WHO data, in the past week the countries across Central- and Eastern Europe that reported more new cases were Germany (103507), Ukraine (36330) and Poland (29819). The countries across the region that reported more new deaths last week were Poland (1944), Ukraine (1797), Germany (1583), Hungary (800) and Romania (709). In Central- and Eastern Europe, the highest number of deaths from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic were reported in Germany (84775), Poland (70012), Ukraine (46393), Czechia (29667), Romania (28903) and Hungary (28602). Hungary is the country with the highest ratio between deaths and population since weeks, with 293 cumulative deaths per 100,000 population, compared to 206 in Italy. In the region, a high ratio of deaths in comparison with the population is registered also in Czechia (277), Bosnia (269), Montenegro (245), North Macedonia (244), Bulgaria (243), Slovenia and Slovakia (both 220). In Slovenia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Romania and in the Western Balkans (Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Albania) 41600 new cases in the past week and 82484 total deaths since the beginning of the pandemic (+2117 in a week) were registered as of May 9. According to official data collected by the portal Our World in Data, updated as of May 9, Hungary (with 70.4 doses administered per 100 people) and Serbia (55.8) are fourth and sixth in Europe respectively for COVID-19 vaccination doses administered per 100 people. (ANSA).