The number of deaths in Germany in October was noticeably higher than the usual values of previous years.
Wiesbaden – As the Federal Statistical Office announced on Tuesday in Wiesbaden, citing projections, 82,733 people died nationwide. That was nine percent or around 6,600 people more than was to be expected based on the mean October value for the years 2017 to 2020.
Because of the corona pandemic, the Federal Statistical Office is currently determining the number of deaths every month in an accelerated procedure in which gaps due to missing official reports are closed with projections. According to the authority, the weekly number of corona deaths remained roughly the same between mid-September and mid-October. The higher number of deaths cannot be explained by this, it said.
According to the Federal Office, the number of deaths can currently be shown at the level of the federal states up to the 40th calendar week, i.e. for the time between October 4th and October 10th. In most of the countries it was above the mean value of previous years; the deviation was highest in Rhineland-Palatinate with a plus of 16 percent. In countries such as Saxony and Thuringia, where the corona incidence is currently particularly high, it was within the range of the comparative values.
For October, a low to moderate increase in the number of deaths was registered for other European countries, as the Federal Office further reported, citing projections and data from the so-called Euromomo network. Accordingly, this also applied to the neighboring countries of Belgium, Denmark, France and the Netherlands for at least one week in October.