London, 19 March (EFE). The UK recorded a surplus death rate of 7.2% in 2020 due to the impact of the pandemic, compared to the average number of deaths in the previous five years, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported Friday. ).
According to ONS, the UK is ranked eighth among the European countries with the most additional deaths accumulated as of December 18 last year.
The United Kingdom came on top of that list in the first wave of the epidemic, recording an additional 6.7% of deaths in June 2020, although subsequent outbreaks of the virus have affected other regions more, especially in Central and Eastern Europe.
The Office for National Statistics indicates that in the whole of 2020, this country ranked second among European countries in terms of excess deaths of people under the age of 65, at 7.7%, behind Bulgaria (12.3%), a trend that is “under investigation”. Analyst Annie Campbell.
The Office for National Statistics specifies that its data do not include deaths that occurred during 2021, when a third wave of the epidemic was recorded in the United Kingdom.