How many deaths are registered per week?

Mortality in the Netherlands currently stands at 2,900 per week on average. It is higher during winter than during summer.

The higher winter mortality often coincides with outbreaks of influenza and/or the common cold. At the beginning of 2018, for example, there was a significantly longer outbreak of influenza in particular . This led to exceptionally high mortality, with almost 4,100 deaths in week 10 (5 through 11 March).

Winter mortality is relatively high among the elderly. In the first 15 weeks of 2019, the number of deaths among those aged 80 and over exceeded the number in an average week that year by 10 percent on average. It was 3 percent higher among people under the age of 80.

Conversely, mortality is below average among the elderly during the rest of the year, except during summertime heatwaves.

How was the situation at the start of 2020?

In 2020, mortality stood at 3,143 per week on average in the weeks up to and including week 11 (9 to 15 March). This is slightly lower than last year, when the average over the first 11 weeks stood at 3,174. The first weeks of this year were not marked by a significant rise in influenza cases, and temperatures were not particularly low.

In week 12 (16 to 22 March), the number of deaths increased to 5,080 in week 14 (30 March to 5 April). The rise coincides with the onset of the COVID-19 epidemic. In week 20 (11 to 17 May) 2,735 people died.

Deaths registered weekly
Week201720182019*2020*
13568334330623102
23637335932623364
33487336431523153
43626332231793042
53574340331393160
63446351331833191
73417366032543197
83328369132202957
93152393730653092
103054409231723098
112843373332253215
122778343030433609
132850322530134450
142764304028985080
152810286029024972
162713276030364292
172778266329563893
182769264528063368
192802264127722964
202801260628212735
21277226742873
22270127762730
23262426792734
24264325572647
25262726012692
26269126192836
27269727262725
28252026712761
29267427042586
30257127673006
31251027602731
32265727452629
33254026052613
34254526122617
35257625272783
36257026132553
37270725392642
38271527062580
39266926962751
40264128062717
41276327602912
42270627392879
43267626712867
44272628152856
45279727983015
46291627613060
47291728593023
48288629073045
49302729683018
50321830173161
51307930413253
52318729013028
* provisional figures
 

What are the projections?

Statistics Netherlands (CBS) receives mortality data on a daily basis. In general, some time elapses between the actual date of death and the moment when these data reach CBS. Death announcements are collected weekly (on Thursdays). Usually, mortality data collected on Thursday include slightly over 80 percent of all deaths over the previous week. This information provides an indication of what we can expect for the coming week.

From weeks 12 through 20, death announcements arrived faster than usual (the number of announcements received after one week averaged 85 percent of the total, excluding weeks with holidays).

For week 21 it is expected that the weekly number of deaths is approximately equal to week 20. The number of death announcements received after one week is 2,351. The mortality is therefore slightly lower than what you normally expect for this period.
 
The first COVID-19 patient in the Netherlands was reported on 27 February 2020. The first death from COVID-19 was reported on 6 March 2020. The COVID-19 outbreak was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 11 March 2020.

Deaths in 2020, weekly figures
WeekDeaths registered weekly*After one week
131012460
233642734
331532616
430422496
531602544
631912565
731972611
829572338
930922521
1030982618
1132152629
1236093097
1344503732
1450804351
1549723727
1642923681
1738933021
1833682315
1929642564
2027352405
212351
* provisional figures