The mortality record over a calendar year in France, established in 2019, was already exceeded on December 7, according to provisional data updated Friday on the INSEE website.
“Between January 1 and December 7, 617,197 deaths occurred in 2020,” said the National Statistics Institute, which had identified 613,243 for the whole of 2019, a record since the post-war period in due to the growth and aging of the population.
Seniors pay a heavy price
As of December 7, 46,703 more deaths than last year on the same date had been recorded. An excess of mortality mainly linked to Covid-19, which has killed 59,619 people since March, according to the latest official figures published Thursday by Public Health France.
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The recent trend, however, was lull: after the peak of the second epidemic wave reached on November 7, the daily number of deaths continued to decline during the first week of December, even though 13% remained above the figures recorded last year at the same period, according to INSEE.
The elderly pay the heaviest price, with excess mortality since September of around 20% for those over 85, 18% for those 75–84 and 14% for those 65–74, while deaths among young people under 25 are down 9% compared to last year.