The increase in mortality rate among the Spanish population during the peak of the COVID-19 epidemic
Reuter health reports that as per the new official mortality data of Spain showed on Wednesday suggests that a higher percentage of population have died than usual this year. It outlined a drastic 155% spike in mortality when Spain experienced its worst moments (April) of the epidemic.
According to the experts the deaths other than the COVID-19 infection could stem from cases where the causality is hard to establish due to underlying conditions of the patients, and probable fatalities among patients that avoided hospital treatment for other problems, as a consequence of the fear of contracting the coronavirus.
Spain has suffered one of the world’s worst coronavirus outbreaks, the Johns Hopkins University dashboard has reported 27,133 official death in the country as of 05-Jun-2020. Spain is also taking a substantial blow to its tourism fueled economy due to the strict lockdown measures implemented to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
Reuter health reports that The National Statistics Institute (INE) has started an experimental series monitoring on the mortality rate that is done weekly to understand the impact of the pandemic. “A total of 225,930 people died in Spain in the first 21 weeks of 2020 – 43,945 more than the same period of 2019 and 16,818 more than the health ministry’s current total confirmed coronavirus death toll”, reports Reuter Health.
According to Reuter Health, “Elderly people over 90 were the hardest hit so far this year, with 27% more deaths over the 21-week period, while 25% more died among those aged 85-89.” , they further added, “There was hardly any difference from a year earlier in groups under 54 years old.”
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