Overall Mortality Decreased by 4.5%, while COVID-19 Mortality Dropped Threefold in July

The first seven months of 2021 saw 18.5% more deaths in Ukraine compared to the same period last year.

24 September 2021

Various diseases caused 46,851 deaths in Ukraine in July—4.5% less than in June when 49,077 people died. For comparison, overall mortality was somewhat higher at 47,297 people in July 2020.

Mortality from half of the most common causes decreased. In particular, the COVID-19 numbers, which are recorded separately from respiratory diseases, continued to fall after an upsurge in early spring.

599 deaths from COVID-19 dropped threefold compared to the previous month, when there were 1,762 deaths, and is the lowest number this year. A number close to that was last seen a year before, in July 2020, when coronavirus had claimed 525 lives, while the figures were steadily growing after that.

The flu and pneumonia numbers decreased by almost one-fourth as well.

COVID-19 mortality
MonthJanuary 2020FebruaryMarchAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecemberJanuary 2021FebruaryMarchAprilMayJuneJuly

As of today, one in roughly seven Ukrainians has been partially or fully vaccinated from COVID-19. Overall, 6.5 million people have been vaccinated, while 5.3 million of them have received two doses.

Top mortality causes in Ukraine in July 2021
Cardiovascular diseases30,33764.8%
Oncologic diseases6,40113.7%
Fatal accidents2,7185.8%
Symptoms, signs, and deviations discovered during clinical and laboratory assessments (outside other categories)2,0864.5%
Digestive tract diseases1,9264.1%
Respiratory diseases1,0992.3%
Nervous diseases3990.9%
Genitourinary system diseases2200.5%

In the first seven months of 2021, 395,892 people died from various diseases in Ukraine—18.5% more than in the same period last year when there were 334,307 deaths.

Total mortality in Ukraine
MonthJanuary 2020FebruaryMarchAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecemberJanuary 2021FebruaryMarchAprilMayJuneJuly
Total number of deaths53,61047,12848,32646,22344,68047,04347,29744,00848,37259,04763,43867,66357,72151,39164,93868,62157,29349,07746,851

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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