Background: Europe overall suffered greatly in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic but the impact of different countries varied. Italy was in the forefront, but there too there were differences, with the Lombardy region the epicentre of the pandemic. Methods: We report Crude Mortality Rates (CMRs) from deaths reported as due to COVID-19 and, in five countries where age-specific data are available, Standardized Mortality Rates (SMRs) in the European Union and United Kingdom. Results: As of 30th August 2020, Belgium was the country with the highest cumulative CMR (86.3/100,000), but the Lombardy region reached almost double this figure (167.6/100,000), far ahead of the corresponding figure for the rest of Italy at 37.0/100,000. SMRs could be calculated for five countries (Italy, Portugal, Sweden, Germany, and Netherlands). Among them, Sweden had the highest SMR (61.6/100,000). The corresponding figures for Italy, Netherlands, Portugal and Germany were 50.2, 41.4, 15.9, and 10.1 per 100,000, respectively. Conclusion: It is clear that countries within Europe have performed very differently in their responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the many limitations in the available data must be addressed before a definitive assessment of the reasons for these differences can be made.

Villani, L., Mckee, M., Cascini, F., Ricciardi, W., Boccia, S., Comparison of deaths rates for COVID-19 across Europe during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, <<FRONTIERS IN PUBLIC HEALTH>>, 2020; 8 (N/A): N/A-N/A. [doi:10.3389/fpubh.2020.620416] [https://hdl.handle.net/10807/206369]

Comparison of deaths rates for COVID-19 across Europe during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic

Villani, Leonardo;Cascini, Fidelia;Ricciardi, Walter;Boccia, Stefania
2020

Abstract

Background: Europe overall suffered greatly in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic but the impact of different countries varied. Italy was in the forefront, but there too there were differences, with the Lombardy region the epicentre of the pandemic. Methods: We report Crude Mortality Rates (CMRs) from deaths reported as due to COVID-19 and, in five countries where age-specific data are available, Standardized Mortality Rates (SMRs) in the European Union and United Kingdom. Results: As of 30th August 2020, Belgium was the country with the highest cumulative CMR (86.3/100,000), but the Lombardy region reached almost double this figure (167.6/100,000), far ahead of the corresponding figure for the rest of Italy at 37.0/100,000. SMRs could be calculated for five countries (Italy, Portugal, Sweden, Germany, and Netherlands). Among them, Sweden had the highest SMR (61.6/100,000). The corresponding figures for Italy, Netherlands, Portugal and Germany were 50.2, 41.4, 15.9, and 10.1 per 100,000, respectively. Conclusion: It is clear that countries within Europe have performed very differently in their responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the many limitations in the available data must be addressed before a definitive assessment of the reasons for these differences can be made.
2020
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Villani, L., Mckee, M., Cascini, F., Ricciardi, W., Boccia, S., Comparison of deaths rates for COVID-19 across Europe during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, <<FRONTIERS IN PUBLIC HEALTH>>, 2020; 8 (N/A): N/A-N/A. [doi:10.3389/fpubh.2020.620416] [https://hdl.handle.net/10807/206369]
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