“Excess mortality hits +16% highest 2022 value so far amounting to around 53 000 additional deaths in July this year compared with the monthly averages for 2016-2019. Excess mortality in the EU climbed to +16% in July 2022 from +7% in both June and May. The excess mortality rate was +3% in July 2020 (10 000 excess deaths) and +6% in July 2021 (21 000 excess deaths). Based on the available information, some of the mortality increase in July 2022 may be due to the heatwaves. Excess mortality continued to vary across the EU Member States, with 8 Member States recording values above the EU average. The highest rates in July 2022 were recorded in Spain (+37%) and Cyprus (+33%). Greece followed with +31%. Meanwhile, only Latvia (-0.5%) registered no excess deaths. The EU registered earlier major peaks in excess deaths in April 2020 (+25%), November 2020 (+40%), April 2021 (+21%) and November 2021 (+27%).
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