In 2020, according to statistics, there were 608,002 deaths. At year’s end, half of the deaths had a link to Covid-19.
As many people died in England and Wales last year as last died in 1918, the year of the Spanish flu. There were 608,002 deaths in the country’s parts between January and December, according to preliminary figures released Tuesday by the UK Statistics Authority. That’s more than in any calendar year since 1918, when 611,861 deaths had been counted.
However, the figures are difficult to compare over such long periods because the size and age structure of the population have changed significantly. Comparing the 2020 death figures for England and Wales with the 2015 to 2019 average, nearly 76,000 more people died.
By the end of the year, nearly half of all deaths in hospitals in England and Wales were related to coronavirus. Across the UK, more than 80,000 people have already died from or with Covid-19 since the pandemic began, making the country one of the hardest hit by the pandemic in Europe.
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