Statistisches Bundesamt meldet höchste Übersterblichkeit seit 1946

12 Jan. 2022 06:30

In a preliminary special evaluation of the number of deaths for the past year 2021, the Federal Statistical Office reports an excess mortality of around eight percent, the highest value for over 75 years.

For the past year, the Federal Statistical Office reported over a million deaths in Germany for the first time. As a result, the critical threshold of one million reported deaths was exceeded for the first time in the Federal Republic of Germany. It is still a preliminary report by the Federal Statistical Office, which is why the figures are not yet conclusive.

Record excess mortality of 20 and 22 percent, respectively, was reported for November and December 2021. This means that 30,327 more people died in Germany last year than in the first Corona year 2020. The Federal Statistical Office originally expected an increase of two to four percent. In fact, excess mortality has risen to eight percent.

The reasons for this are of different nature, as the Federal Statistical Office explains. The aging of the population explains this phenomenon only in part. The effect of increasing life expectancy weakens the aging effect. The reported deaths that are related to a positive PCR result and are therefore included in the statistics as corona deaths are not decisive for the increase. Rather, the high excess mortality is due to undetected COVID-19 deaths and so-called “mortality displacement”, i.e. the time postponement of deaths within one year. The consequence of postponed operations could also play a role.

In many other European countries, the EuroMOMO network has also reported increased mortality. In Germany’s neighboring countries Denmark, Belgium, France, Switzerland and Austria, moderate to high excess mortality (“moderate excess” to “high excess”) was reported. In the Netherlands, excess mortality was even classified as very high (“very high excess”) for the first two weeks of December.

more on the subject – University of Duisburg-Essen: No increased death rate from COVID-19 in Germany

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