January 23, 2021


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Number of deaths 400 higher than usual in one week

Number of deaths 400 higher than usual in one week

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An estimated 3,450 people died last week, 400 more than usual for that period. Compared to the previous week, around 75 more people died, said the statistics office CBS on the basis of preliminary death numbers.

The death toll always increases in winter, but mortality is now higher than normal. According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, 4,700 more people have died since Sept. 21 than you would expect in that period. During the first wave (March 9 to May 4) this so-called excess mortality was almost double and was estimated at almost 9,000.

Corona deaths in particular received long-term treatment. These are the chronically ill, frail elderly, residents of nursing homes and people with a severe mental or physical disability.

The CBS also notes that the mortality rate in women was slightly higher than that of men last week. “In the earlier weeks of the second wave of the corona epidemic, more men than women died, even though there are more older women than older men,” the agency notes.

The increased mortality was observed in all age groups last week. It is estimated that just over 1,900 people died among those over 80. Almost 1,100 people between the ages of 65 and 80 died and 450 people under 65 died.