December 4, 2020


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CBS: The total number of deaths stays roughly the same

CBS: The total number of deaths stays roughly the same

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The death toll didn’t increase further last week but remains higher than usual for the time of year. This is reported by the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Researchers still have no idea why these people died, but the increase is likely mainly due to the second wave of the coronavirus.

An estimated 3,600 people died last week. That’s about a week earlier and 650 more than usual for the time of year. More people than usual have died since the end of September. The researchers made a comparison with the mortality statistics for the past five years.

In the same week, the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) received 327 reports of people who have died from Covid-19. Statisticians expect the actual number of victims of the virus to be higher and that Statistics Netherlands’ all-time mortality rate will give an indication of how much higher that number is. Not all carriers of the virus have been tested for it. In addition, there is no obligation to report deaths caused by Covid-19 and there are sometimes delays in registration.

The death rate is particularly higher in the elderly and frail people. The latter is reflected in the remarkably high mortality rate among those in need of long-term care. More men than women died last week. That was the case in the past few weeks and during the first corona wave.

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