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Covid-19: England had worst excess mortality in Europe in April

BMJ 2020; 370 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m3058 (Published 31 July 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;370:m3058

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  1. Shaun Griffin
  1. London

England had the longest period of excess mortality of any European country during the covid-19 pandemic and an excess mortality peak second only to Spain, new data show.1

In the first analysis of its kind the Office for National Statistics compared excess mortality rates throughout Europe from all causes, to avoid the issue of countries recording covid-19 deaths differently. It also looked at the indirect impact of the pandemic, such as non-covid deaths related to delayed access to healthcare.

In comparison with 21 European countries, England had the highest levels of excess mortality in Europe from 3 April to 8 May 2020, 7.5% more than in the previous five years. Spain had the second highest (6.7%) and Scotland the third highest (5.1%). National data for Italy were unavailable.

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