Alarming Acceleration in New Zealand Excess Deaths, Latest Official Figures Up 70% on Last Year

“The latest available figures of excess deaths in New Zealand show what is happening. The OECD reports for September 2023 and the first week of October, records there were 577 excess deaths up 17% on the long term average. That is a rate of 155 additional deaths per week above what you might expect for the time of year. Last year (2022) for the corresponding period there were 339 excess deaths, 68 per week, up 10% on the long term average. Even this figure was a record. 2023 is 70% higher than that. As you can imagine, behind these 155 unexpected deaths in each one of the recent few weeks (22 each day) there are personal stories of tragedy. You might have noticed an uptick in newspaper reports of turbo cancers, sudden deaths, heart attacks, strokes, rare diseases, and family tragedies, but whatever is being reported is not even beginning to scratch the surface of what is really happening. The diagnoses and hospitalisations are also rocketing. Curiously, no one mentions the vaccine, the explanations offered range from stress to bad luck and everything in between.”

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Mark Skidmore is Professor of Economics at Michigan State University where he holds the Morris Chair in State and Local Government Finance and Policy. His research focuses on topics in public finance, regional economics, and the economics of natural disasters. Mark created the Lighthouse Economics website and blog to share economic research and information relevant for navigating tumultuous times.

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