January 15, 2021


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Elderly people at high risk died in the last week of 2020

Elderly people at high risk died in the last week of 2020

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In the last week of last year around 1,700 chronically ill, frail elderly people, residents of nursing homes and people with severe mental or physical disabilities died. That’s about 500 or almost 40 percent more than usual for this period, the CBS statistics agency announced. It mostly affected people over 80.

Mortality in the rest of the Dutch population was nearly 2100, which is almost as expected for the time of year, according to Statistics Netherlands. Compared to a week earlier, 200 fewer people died.

According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, 6,700 more people than usual have died during that period since the last week of September. The agency previously noted that higher mortality rates in recent months coincided with the second wave of the corona epidemic in the Netherlands.

In the second wave, the so-called relative excess mortality is highest in Noord-Brabant and Zuid-Holland (both around 20.5 percent). They are followed by Utrecht, Overijssel and Flevoland with around 20 percent higher mortality than expected. Zeeland has so far not had any real excess mortality in the second wave and excess mortality in Groningen remains limited.