Why mortality reached its 3-year high this past April

Mortality has increased by 24% y-o-y.

25 June 2021

In April, 68,621 people died, 48.5% up from 46,223 in April 2020, setting a three-year record.

COVID-19 contributed the most, with its death toll increasing month by month. It claimed 12,545 lives in April.

COVID-19 mortality
MonthMarch 2020AprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecemberJanuary 2021FebruaryMarchApril

In addition to COVID-19, the traditional top causes of death have been cardiovascular diseases, especially heart attacks and blood strokes, with a toll of 39,314; oncology—with 6,169; respiratory diseases—with 2,734 (including 2,313 deaths from flu and pneumonia), and accidents—with 2,164.

Top mortality causes in Ukraine in April 2021
Cardiovascular diseases39,31458.0%
Oncologic diseases6,1699.1%
Respiratory diseases2,7344.0%
Fatal accidents2,1643.2%
Symptoms, signs, and deviations discovered during clinical and laboratory assessments (outside other categories)2,0603.0%
Digestive tract diseases1,9822.9%
Nervous diseases3730.6%
Genitourinary system diseases2130.3%

In January—April, 242,671 people died in Ukraine. The figure has shown an increase of 47,384 from January-April 2020 when it was at 195,287. Thus, the mortality level exceeded the last year’s one by 24%.

Mortality data is a crucial tool for decision-makers on the national and community level. Unfortunately, the data from the State Statistics Service of Ukraine is still almost two months behind, so we cannot realistically estimate the mortality rate in Ukraine right now.

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