The corona pandemic hit Italy hard. Never since the time of the Second World War (1939–1945) has the country recorded such a high death rate as in 2020.
Italy recorded a total of 746,146 deaths in 2020.
That is 100,000 more than usual – as many as not since 1945.
342,000 more deaths than births were registered.
Because of the corona pandemic, Italy suffered the highest number of deaths since the Second World War last year. According to the figures published by the Istat statistics agency on Friday, a total of 746,146 deaths were registered in 2020 – around 112,000 more than the annual average and around 17 percent more than in the previous year.
At the same time, the number of births in Italy fell to 404,104 last year, which corresponds to a decrease of 3.8 percent compared to the previous year. Thus there were a good 342,000 more deaths than births within a year. This is like when a city the size of Florence has “disappeared”, explained the statistics agency.
According to the findings of statisticians, Italy had a population of 59,257,566 at the turn of the year. This is a decrease of 0.6 percent. The number of corona deaths was 74,000 at the turn of the year, but has now increased to more than 100,000.
Number of weddings halved
The number of weddings in the first year of the corona pandemic fell by almost 50 percent. That should also be a result of the strict corona bans. Because larger celebrations were almost always not possible for health reasons. With a view to general family planning, the statisticians also spoke of feelings of uncertainty about the future and economic worries.
Italy was badly hit by the corona pandemic in February 2020. Since then, the authorities have officially counted around 3.5 million people infected with Sars-CoV-2. Large parts of the country are currently classified as red zones with strict movement restrictions.
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(AFP / DPA / trx)