The researchers estimated how many people died in normal circumstances based on mortality figures in previous years and demographic trends. This allowed them to determine how many more deaths there were last year than expected.
Especially during the first wave of the coronavirus in the spring, many people died. But mortality was also extremely high during the heat wave in August and during the second corona wave that started in the autumn.
Last week, according to an initial estimate, 4,000 people died, 650 more than usual. A week earlier, the number of deaths was still 800 higher than usual.
In the second wave now underway, 8,200 more people have died than expected so far. These are mainly elderly people from the age of 80. But many more 65-80 year olds have also died than usual. The statisticians do not receive information about the cause of death until later and can only then determine how many of these people also died from Covid-19.
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