The analysis of Sky News 700 regions sub-national levels in 19 european countries revealed that excess mortality has been unevenly distributed.
In 30 of these regions, the number of additional deaths was double the number usually provided for the period from early march to early may.
This represents approximately one-third of the 200,000 extra people who have died in all the countries analyzed during weeks 10 to 19.
Nine of these 30 regions were found in the United Kingdom. The others were Spain, Italy and France, where there were two of them.
The Italian city of Bergamo, which is part of the region of Lombardy in the north of the country, has recorded the largest number of excess deaths of all the areas analysed.
Four times more people died in the march and April than what we could have expected according to its average in the past.
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The excess mortality in seven of the 12 provinces of Lombardy was double the number of expected deaths.
The number of deaths was at least 50% higher than the average of the other five regions.
Italy has been one of the countries hardest hit during the pandemic, the deaths being concentrated in the north.
In Spain, it is the center of the country that has suffered the most, although most of the Spanish regions have recorded more deaths than the five-year average.
Madrid and its surroundings, very connected to the Spanish capital, recorded almost three times more deaths than expected.
Barcelona has recorded double the number of deaths compared to its five-year average.
London was the most affected region in the Uk, while the regions of the north and North-West have recorded two times more than expected deaths.
But more deaths were recorded than expected in all regions of the Uk, with a third of them recording increases of more than 50%.
The number of entries weekly deaths in England and Wales fell below the five-year average of the 30 June for the first time since the beginning of the lockout, according to the Office of national statistics (ONS).
Excess mortality refers to the number of deaths higher than the average recorded in a given area.
This is considered as a better measure to assess the impact of the coronavirus, because only those who died after having been tested positive for the disease or who were suspected cases are registered as death COVID-19.
However, people with serious diseases such as cancer or congestive heart failure may also have died in the wake of the pandemic because they have chosen not to visit the hospitals subjected to the pressure of the virus.
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Dr Bharat Pankhania, an expert in infectious diseases at the University of Exeter, has said that it is important that countries record of death to be excessive because the figures show the number of people dying directly and indirectly as a result of the pandemic.
He told Sky News: “The health services are stretched due to the virus and therefore, it is possible that people don’t go to the hospital or do not show up on time.
“People may not go to the hospital because they have chest pain, or they can’t go there because of their stroke, their abdominal pain or cancer.
“We find ourselves, therefore, with a figure of excess deaths, which indicates that it is also part of the pandemic, in other words, the pandemic is not only killing those infected, but it kills people because of his presence. ”
The peak of mortality was recorded between march and April in many of the countries most affected.
However, the national trends for some countries such as the United Kingdom and Sweden show that mortality was still high in may, which could be in part due to the late arrival of the virus in these countries.
The number of deaths recorded in more than 75 years has been particularly high in Spain, where the deaths in this group were 66% higher than expected.
In Italy, there were 43% more deaths than expected in 75 years, whereas in England and Wales-it was 52% and in Belgium 47%.
Dr Pankhania has said that one of the reasons why the numbers of deaths excessive vary in Europe is due to the varying capacity of different health services to deal with the pandemic.
He continued: “there could be several reasons why the death to be excessive in some countries are lower than in others.
“But essentially, it is an indicator of good or poor management of health services in the middle of a pandemic. ”
Countries included in the analysis: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Finland, France, germany, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Slovakia and the United Kingdom.
The regional division used is the NUTS classification level 3 for all countries, except Austria and the netherlands who have used the NUTS 2 level. The data for Germany are not available by NUTS, but by Bundeslands.
Weeks included: 10 to 19 for all countries, with the exception of the Czech Republic, Luxembourg and Slovakia for which the series ends at week 18.
The average spent is calculated with data between 2015 and 2019, for most countries, with the exception of Italy and Germany (2016-2019) and the netherlands (2017-2019).