“By the end of 2021, after the outbreak of the pandemic, 96,200 more people had died than would normally have been expected. This means that the number of additional deaths due to the pandemic is lower than previous estimates suggest, says Joachim Ragnitz from the Dresden branch office of the ifo institute.
Again, in the fourth wave of the coronavirus, Germany was unable to provide adequate protection for older age groups. “Although much younger people get a coronavirus infection, the risk of dying from the infection is still much higher in older people. It is therefore important to take appropriate measures to prevent serious cases of the disease, especially in these individuals – such as prioritizing the third dose of the vaccine and increasing vaccination coverage, ”adds Ragnitz. “This would also relieve pressure on health services where congestion is imminent and could help avoid less targeted interventions with negative financial consequences.”
The ifo chapter on mortality has also taken into account the fact that society itself is aging naturally, which means more deaths each year. The figure is also about 15 percent lower than the number of deaths associated with Covid-19 infection recorded by the Robert Koch Institute.
Source: The Nordic Page