Death rate in Germany: more deaths than usual

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Death rate in Germany: more deaths than usual | tagesschau.de

Status: December 30, 2020 3:39 p.m.

In November, significantly more people died in Germany than in the same months of previous years. The excess mortality was strongest in Saxony, where there are currently many Covid-19 cases.

In Germany, 84,480 people died in November – eleven percent more than the November average for the years 2016 to 2019. The figures indicate that the majority of this excess mortality is due to Covid-19.

Clear indications of a pandemic link

According to statisticians, the number of deaths in November was 8186 higher than the average for the same months in previous years. According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the number of deaths associated with the coronavirus was 7,335 last month.

Another indication of a connection with the pandemic is the age structure. The findings of the RKI allow the conclusion that deaths as a result of Covid 19 disease are particularly common in people over the age of 80. The Federal Statistical Office stated that the number of people over 80 who died in November was 8192 above the average for the reference months. This corresponds to an increase of 19 percent. In contrast, the number of deaths among citizens under 80 years of age was comparable to the level in previous years.

“In addition to the direct and indirect consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic, shifts in the age structure of the population can also contribute to above-average death rates,” explained the Federal Statistical Office. In Germany, for example, the number of people aged 80 and over increased from 4.7 million to 5.7 million between 2015 and 2019.

Strong increase in Saxony

From a regional perspective, the development in Saxony is particularly striking. For weeks it has been the state with the highest number of new Covid 19 infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days. In November, 39 percent more people died in Saxony than the average for the same months in previous years. This difference increased from week to week. In the last week of November, the number of people who died exceeded the reference figure by 55 percent.


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