10,539 people infected with COVID-19 died in the Czech Republic in 2020

According to the Czech Statistical Office (ČSÚ), COVID-19 was the second most common cause of death in 2020. 10,539 people died because of it, which is equal to over 8% of the total number of deaths. Ischemic heart disease remains in the first place (19,171 deaths), the third place is taken by cerebrovascular diseases (4,196). In general, cardiovascular diseases account for 30% of all deaths in the republic.

In total, more than 129,000 people died in the Czech Republic last year, which is 15% more than a year earlier.

10,539 are cases where it was COVID-19 that led to the death of a patient. In another 6,696 cases, patients suffered from a chronic illness and the coronavirus significantly worsened their health, which led to death.

“In the death certificate, 75% of the deceased indicated another serious illness that was not caused by the coronavirus. It is quite difficult even for doctors to determine which particular cause led to death, especially when it comes to elderly people,” explained Theresia Stiglerova from ČSÚ.

A significant increase in deaths occurred at the end of last year. Most people died in November - 16,000. “Unfortunately, 2021 will be even more tragic in this respect,” the ČSÚ notes.

More than 30,300 people have died due to COVID-19 infection since the outbreak of the coronavirus outbreak last year. Most of all deaths occur this year: more than 18,300 people died. The most tragic month was March 2021, when over 6,000 deaths were recorded.

Source: ceskenoviny.cz

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