According to statistics from Spain’s Ministry of Health, several areas of the country saw the death rate more than double this year, during the coronavirus pandemic.
IN fact, the province of Segovia registered the highest number of deaths, with a whopping +147 per cent jump in fatalities between March and early June of this year, compared to the same period last year. Madrid noted a 122 per cent jump in deaths over the same period, followed by Guadalajara (+115 per cent), Ciudad Real (+112 per cent), Soria (+103 per cent) and Albacete (+103 per cent). In fact, these six provinces accounted for 20,542 more deaths than the usual amount in a typical year.
Overall, there was an excess of 46,089 deaths during the pandemic in Spain this year – that’s around 38.8 per cent higher than the same period last year. However, given the changes to the Covid-19 death rate reporting metholodogy, which now only counts people who were actually positively tested for the disease, the excess fatalities can’t automatically be attributed to the pandemic. Spain’s official current death toll from the disease, following the change in reporting methodology, now stands at 27,136, with no coronavirus-deaths reported in the last few days, confirmed the Ministry of Health.