National Board of Health: Corona has become the third most common cause of death in Sweden

Nurse - patientPhoto: Jil Yngland / NTB

The coronavirus was the third most common cause of death after cardiovascular disease and cancer in Sweden last year, according to the preliminary cause of death statistics.

“A total of 9,504 people died with COVID-19 as the underlying cause in 2020,” the National Board of Health and Welfare’s department head Mona Heurgren said at a press conference on Friday.

Heurgren also referred to statistics per 100,000 inhabitants, regardless of the cause of death.

“It clearly shows that Sweden had more deaths than normal several in periods in 2020, in April and December. In the other months, Sweden has had lower mortality,” she said.

Furthermore, 945 people per 100,000 inhabitants died last year. That is more than in 2019, but about the same number as in the years back to 2015, newspaper Aftonbladet writes.

Preliminary statistics show that Sweden has a higher mortality rate than the rest of the Nordic region.

“Regardless of which sources we look at, Sweden has an excess mortality rate in 2020 that was higher than our neighboring countries. But Sweden has lower mortality rates than most other European countries,” she said.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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