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Germany saw 180,000 excess deaths during three years of Covid-19: Report

World NewsGermany saw 180,000 excess deaths during three years of Covid-19: Report

Around 180,000 more people died during the three years of the Covid-19 pandemic in Germany than would otherwise have been expected, according to calculations published by the Ifo Institute on Friday.

From 2020 to 2022, about two-thirds of all excess deaths occurred in people over 80, compared to about 13,000 in people under 60. The deadliest year proved to be 2022, with more deaths at around 74,000 than the previous 68,000, although not all of these could be due to Covid-19.

Joachim Ragnitz, managing director of Ifo’s Dresden branch, said that while the reasons for the surprising acceleration in 2022 were unclear, heat waves and flu outbreaks at the end of the year probably played a role.

The institute calculated the projected number of deaths for the period by taking the average number of deaths from 2016 to 2019 and adjusting for increases in life expectancy and changes in the age structure.

While Germany began easing its Covid restrictions as early as 2022, this month the country joined other EU members in imposing new test requirements on travelers traveling from China.


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