Between May 11 and 17, an estimated 2,850 people died in the Netherlands. That is bout 200 below what would have been normal for the 20th week of this year, if there had been no coronavirus crisis, Statistics Netherlands reported. This is the first time that the weekly deaths in the Netherlands was below average since the pandemic reached the country.
According to an international model, 12.9 percent of all deaths in the Netherlands are Covid-19 related, RIVM director Jaap van Dissel said to parliament on Wednesday. That puts the Netherlands under Spain, Belgium, France, Italy and the United Kingdom when it comes to coronavirus mortality, NOS reports.
In the 18th week of this year, from April 27 to May 3, a total of 3,299 people died in the Netherlands. That is still 5 percent above average for the first 10 weeks of the year, but also almost 600 fewer than in week 17 when 3,881 people died, Statistics Netherlands reported on Tuesday.
Under normal circumstances, the number of deaths in the Netherlands would decline during this time of year due to the end of winter. In the past three years, about 2,750 people died per week in the period around week 18 of the year.
The sudden spike in the number of weekly deaths in the Netherlands, which coincided with the outbreak of the coronavirus, continues to decrease, Statistics Netherlands reported on Friday. Last week, week 17 of 2020, the number of deaths in the Netherlands was still 20 percent higher than before the coronavirus crisis. The decrease is slowest in nursing homes, where the number of deaths was still 65 percent higher.
The number of deaths per week in the Netherlands is still higher than average, but it is starting to decline and that decline is now also visible in nursing homes, Statistics Netherlands reported on Friday.
An estimated 5 thousand people died in the Netherlands last week, the 15th week of 2020 which spanned from April 6 to 12. That is around 2 thousand more deaths than the average for the first 10 weeks of the year, Statistics Netherlands reported on Friday.
In the week from March 30 to April 5 an estimated 5,100 people in the Netherlands died, around 2 thousand more that the weekly average for the first 10 weeks of 2020, Statistics Netherlands said on Friday. The number of deaths among elderly people in particular increased.
The Dutch population will continue to grow in the coming decades to over 18.4 million people by 2060, according to the latest prognosis by Statistics Netherlands. The 18 millionth inhabitant is expected in 2031. By 2040 almost a quarter of the Dutch population will be elderly, and by 2060 just over a third will have their roots in the outside world, according to the stats office.
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