There were 8,754 more deaths in Bulgaria in the second quarter of 2021 than in the same period in 2020, an increase of 33.8 percent, the National Statistical Institute (NSI) said on July 19, citing preliminary data.
There were 33,945 deaths in Bulgaria in the second quarter of 2021 (as of March 14th).the for the 26ththe Week of the year) while the crude death rate was 19.8 ‰, the NSI said.
The crude death rate is the ratio of the number of deaths during the year to the average annual population that year, expressed per 1,000 people.
The mortality rate for men (21.4 ‰) was higher than that for women (18.3 ‰).
The highest mortality rate in the second quarter of 2021 was recorded in week 14 (April 5 – April 11), a total of 3752 or 28.5 per 1,000 of the average annual population. This is the highest rate for the first quarter in the period 2016-2021, said the NSI.
The lowest number of deaths in the second quarter of 2021 was on week 24: 1967 people or 14.9 ‰.
According to the NSI, the highest positive number of deaths in the second quarter of 2021 compared to the 2016-2020 average was 1669 cases in week 15, which means mortality is up 82.3 percent from the base period.
The NSI said the absolute number of deaths in the second quarter of 2021 increased across the country’s counties over the same period in 2020.
The highest increases were recorded in Turgovishte (56 percent), Lovech (45.8 percent), Dobrich (45.7 percent), Plovdiv (44.6 percent) and Rousse (43.9 percent) districts, while the lowest in the districts of Sliven (10.6 percent), Vidin (12.6 percent), Jambol (14.9 percent), Kyustendil (18.6 percent) and Gabrovo (19.7 percent).
In 24 districts of Bulgaria, the number of deaths decreased in the second quarter of 2021 compared to the first quarter of the year.
The largest decreases were recorded in the districts of Kyustendil (-21.7 percent), Burgas (-16.9 percent) and Pleven (-15.8 percent).
In the remaining four districts, the number of deaths rose from the first quarter of this year: Turgovishte (10.8 percent), Plovdiv (2.8 percent), Lovech (1.4 percent) and Rousse (0.2 percent), the NSI said.
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