The European Union recorded a record death rate

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Mortality was unusually high in July in the European Union. There were 53,000 more deaths than the monthly averages for the period 2016-2019.

According to Eurostat, they would have been caused by the heat waves that affected some parts of the continent, writes RRA.

The European Union recorded in July the highest mortality rate this year, 16% above the average of the previous months. In July last year, this excess mortality was 3%, and 2 years ago, 6%.

Based on available information, the European Statistical Office Eurostat believes that this year’s heat waves could be the cause of this increase in mortality.

In July there were record temperatures in Spain, France, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Holland and Denmark.

The highest mortality excesses were in Spain – 37% and Cyprus – 33%.

The only country that did not have any deaths above monthly averages was Latvia.

In Romania, the increase in mortality was 2.4% compared to the average from 2016 to 2019.

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In the European Union, there were also increases in excess mortality during pandemic peaks, in April 2020, by 25%, in November of the same year, by 40%, in April last year, by 21% and in the last November, by 27% .