Mortality in week 19 slightly lower

© Hollandse Hoogte / Novum RegioFoto
In week 19 (10 to 16 May 2021 inclusive), the estimated number of deaths stood at 2,950. This is approximately 100 more than expected for this period and slightly fewer than in the previous week (2,974). Mortality was up among people under 80 in particular. The number of deaths among long-term care users was lower than expected. Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports this based on the provisional weekly mortality figures.

From week 39 of 2020 to week 6 of 2021 inclusive, weekly mortality was higher than expected. There was excess mortality until week 3. In the following weeks, mortality was not elevated and fluctuated around the expected numbers for that period. The estimate for week 19 is around 100 deaths above the expected number and within the range of usual fluctuations (this means there is no excess mortality based on the estimate). The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) registered 69 COVID-19 deaths in week 19 (as at 18 May).

Weekly mortality, 2020*
   DeathsEstimated mortalityEstimated mortality (95% interval)
20201310332772908 – 3645
20202336433112930 – 3692
20203315733442945 – 3742
20204304633923008 – 3776
20205316434073027 – 3788
20206319634012979 – 3823
20207319834082916 – 3901
20208295933872851 – 3922
20209309833522805 – 3898
202010310733152785 – 3845
202011321832532756 – 3751
202012361431742711 – 3637
202013445831042703 – 3505
202014508530242712 – 3337
202015498229572719 – 3195
202016430829152711 – 3120
202017391028692677 – 3060
202018338328412650 – 3032
202019298928212633 – 3009
202020277727942626 – 2962
202021277027702620 – 2920
202022273227532608 – 2898
202023268227352591 – 2880
202024268927372600 – 2875
202025269627252594 – 2855
202026265927172577 – 2857
202027263827232544 – 2902
202028261927192515 – 2923
202029252827202507 – 2934
202030267327072515 – 2900
202031266626872492 – 2882
202032264226822483 – 2881
202033320926692481 – 2857
202034285626632510 – 2815
202035273526672526 – 2807
202036269226762549 – 2804
202037274226982564 – 2832
202038272127292585 – 2873
202039289127522618 – 2886
202040300227862628 – 2943
202041302228072655 – 2960
202042322228392677 – 3001
202043344828622661 – 3063
202044368728892683 – 3095
202045358929022692 – 3111
202046358029322710 – 3155
202047333529722742 – 3202
202048340530122762 – 3263
202049353030372742 – 3332
202050361531002800 – 3399
202051390931662830 – 3501
202052386732222871 – 3573
202053410232662906 – 3625
20211414233092940 – 3677
20212384933432962 – 3724
20213385833762978 – 3775
20214371334253040 – 3809
20215365034403060 – 3821
20216354834343012 – 3856
20217352434412949 – 3934
20218320334202884 – 3955
20219310133842838 – 3931
202110323633472817 – 3877
202111303632852787 – 3782
202112303732052742 – 3668
202113317131342733 – 3535
202114315130542741 – 3366
202115312529862748 – 3224
202116312929442739 – 3148
202117308828972705 – 3088
202118297428692677 – 3060
202119294328492660 – 3037
20212028212653 – 2989
20212127972646 – 2947
20212227802635 – 2925
20212327622617 – 2906
20212427642627 – 2901
20212527512620 – 2882
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* Provisional figures. Week 19 in 2021 is an estimate.

Mortality among long-term care users lower than expected

Based on the estimate, mortality declined among people receiving care under the Long-term Care Act (Wlz) in week 19. Since week 8, mortality has been below the expected level. The number of deaths among the rest of the population decreased slightly in week 19 and was approximately 150 above the expected level. Since week 14, there has been excess mortality in this group. In week 19, there were nearly 1,000 deaths among long-term care users, including residents of nursing homes and institutions for the disabled. Among the rest of the population, approximately 1,950 deaths were recorded.

Weekly mortality, 2020*, by Long-term care (Wlz) use
   Long-term care (Wlz) users, deathsLong-term care (Wlz) users, estimated mortalityLong-term care (Wlz) users, estimated mortality (95% interval)Other population, deathsOther population, estimated mortalityOther population, estimated mortality (95% interval)
20201121012521052 – 1451189320251780 – 2270
20202126512721076 – 1468209920391793 – 2285
20203113512821086 – 1478202220621805 – 2319
20204112513011113 – 1489192120911842 – 2339
20205109813101118 – 1503206620971853 – 2341
20206114213091099 – 1519205420921826 – 2358
20207115513091069 – 1549204320991796 – 2403
20208112912961044 – 1549183020911762 – 2419
20209119512761005 – 1546190320761756 – 2396
20201011641260989 – 1531194320561752 – 2359
20201112001229950 – 1507201820251741 – 2308
20201213361191928 – 1454227819831714 – 2252
20201316561156912 – 1400280219481715 – 2180
20201422121120915 – 1326287319041709 – 2100
20201524091091910 – 1273257318661709 – 2022
20201620661075912 – 1238224218401691 – 1990
20201717161055898 – 1211219418141663 – 1965
20201814291048900 – 1195195417931643 – 1944
20201911861038897 – 1179180317831631 – 1935
20202010311029902 – 1155174617651615 – 1915
20202110691015892 – 1138170117551615 – 1895
20202210041007887 – 1127172817461602 – 1890
202023909995886 – 1104177317401585 – 1895
202024958997888 – 1106173117401592 – 1889
202025913989879 – 1099178317361585 – 1886
202026940985864 – 1107171917321585 – 1879
202027932992850 – 1134170617311567 – 1896
202028911998849 – 1147170817211552 – 1890
2020299001003855 – 1152162817171555 – 1879
2020309571004854 – 1154171617041553 – 1855
202031946997851 – 1143172016901540 – 1840
202032904993846 – 1140173816901546 – 1834
2020331311987840 – 1134189816821531 – 1832
2020341113980849 – 1111174316831553 – 1813
202035995974860 – 1087174016931550 – 1835
202036942973860 – 1087175017031562 – 1844
202037942977865 – 1089180017211579 – 1862
202038980989876 – 1102174117401594 – 1886
20203910541001892 – 1110183717511606 – 1896
20204010761015897 – 1133192617711632 – 1909
20204110901028908 – 1147193217801638 – 1922
20204212191042910 – 1175200317971663 – 1930
20204313171054912 – 1195213118081650 – 1966
20204415201068920 – 1215216718211662 – 1981
20204513911074925 – 1224219818271664 – 1991
20204614241086936 – 1235215618461678 – 2014
20204712871102953 – 1252204818701684 – 2056
20204812871121964 – 1278211818921702 – 2081
20204912861135970 – 1300224419011683 – 2120
20205014521163996 – 1329216319371721 – 2153
202051160711931019 – 1368230219721739 – 2205
202052172712231035 – 1410214019991763 – 2236
202053173212441050 – 1437237020221781 – 2263
20211165712641065 – 1463248520451799 – 2290
20212158812841089 – 1480226120591813 – 2305
20213153912941098 – 1491231920821825 – 2339
20214146413131125 – 1501224921111863 – 2360
20215143613231131 – 1515221421171874 – 2361
20216135113221112 – 1532219721121846 – 2379
20217136613221082 – 1562215821201816 – 2423
20218115813091056 – 1561204521111783 – 2439
20219110312881018 – 1559199820961776 – 2416
202110114712721001 – 1543208920751772 – 2379
2021119971241962 – 1519203920441761 – 2328
20211210431203939 – 1466199420021733 – 2271
20211310301167923 – 1412214119671734 – 2199
2021149891131925 – 1337216219231727 – 2118
2021159761102920 – 1283214918841727 – 2040
2021169701085922 – 1248215918581708 – 2008
20211710401065908 – 1221204818321681 – 1983
20211810031058910 – 1205197118111660 – 1961
2021199881048907 – 1189195518001648 – 1952
2021201039912 – 116517821632 – 1933
2021211025902 – 114717721632 – 1912
2021221017897 – 113717631619 – 1907
2021231005896 – 111417571602 – 1912
2021241007897 – 111617571609 – 1906
202125999889 – 110917521602 – 1903
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* Provisional figures. Week 19 in 2021 is an estimate.

Mortality among 65 to 79-year-olds declined

Mortality among people aged 65 to 79 years showed an upward trend from week 9, with a decline starting in week 17. As of week 13, there was excess mortality in this age group. Based on the estimate, there was no excess mortality anymore in week 19, but the number of deaths among 65 to 79-year-olds was still slightly higher than expected. There were over 900 deaths in this age group that week.

Just as in previous weeks, there was excess mortality among people younger than 65 in week 19. There were more than 450 deaths in this group, nearly 100 more than expected.
Mortality among people aged 80 and over was just below the expected level in week 19. An estimated more than 1,550 deaths were recorded. Since week 6, mortality among the over-80s has been below the expected level.

Weekly mortality*, by age
   Population 0 to 65 years, deathsPopulation 0 to 64 yrs, estimated mortalityPopulation 0 to 64 yrs, estimated mortality (95% interval)Population 65 to 79 yrs, deathsPopulation 65 to 79 yrs, estimated mortalityPopulation 65 to 79 yrs, estimated mortality (95% interval)Population 80 yrs and over, deathsPopulation 80 yrs and over, estimated mortalityPopulation 80 yrs and over, estimated mortality (95% interval)
20201385415374 – 456896947852 – 1041182219181632 – 2204
20202432413371 – 456967944851 – 1038196519571650 – 2263
20203418415371 – 460913944851 – 1038182619881657 – 2319
20204354417374 – 459936949856 – 1043175620301701 – 2360
20205450417375 – 460924956857 – 1056179020391717 – 2360
20206401417371 – 463982957843 – 1071181320321691 – 2373
20207408420374 – 466938961832 – 1091185220321649 – 2415
20208340420374 – 467870961815 – 1108174920091600 – 2418
20209404420370 – 470911951805 – 1096178319841574 – 2394
202010394417370 – 464889944804 – 1085182419571557 – 2357
202011410415367 – 463948932803 – 1062186019091537 – 2281
202012449410364 – 4561079917796 – 1039208618491503 – 2195
202013502407366 – 4481401907806 – 1008255517911486 – 2097
202014499401357 – 4441503889806 – 972308317351490 – 1981
202015485394355 – 4321435876809 – 942306216881496 – 1880
202016426389350 – 4271234867799 – 935264816601505 – 1815
202017455383341 – 4251155857787 – 926230016301490 – 1769
202018446381342 – 4191000847779 – 916193716131472 – 1755
202019391380339 – 420915845777 – 912168315971458 – 1735
202020374378339 – 418835834768 – 901156815811460 – 1703
202021367377335 – 419805832766 – 898159815601459 – 1661
202022371376330 – 422858830764 – 895150315471451 – 1643
202023386378335 – 421835827767 – 887146115291425 – 1634
202024405383340 – 425834829770 – 888145015251431 – 1619
202025375382341 – 423855827765 – 889146615141427 – 1601
202026381384342 – 426828825763 – 887145015071407 – 1606
202027402385342 – 428809829764 – 894142715071375 – 1639
202028390386347 – 424812830760 – 899141715011352 – 1650
202029373389351 – 426775830762 – 899138014991337 – 1661
202030407387349 – 425823828759 – 896144314911343 – 1639
202031376383347 – 419841824752 – 896144914781334 – 1622
202032420384345 – 423820829755 – 904140214671318 – 1615
202033463382345 – 418928826749 – 904181814591325 – 1592
202034417382342 – 422863829756 – 901157614501346 – 1554
202035353384338 – 429865831761 – 900151714501354 – 1546
202036416385339 – 431828833766 – 900144814561373 – 1538
202037396390343 – 437898839773 – 905144814661383 – 1548
202038395397350 – 445845850777 – 923148114791390 – 1568
202039394396346 – 447880855785 – 924161714981416 – 1580
202040435400348 – 453917865789 – 941165015181416 – 1620
202041379400354 – 447990868785 – 950165315371436 – 1638
202042432405360 – 449987872788 – 956180315601446 – 1674
202043425406362 – 4501080878787 – 969194315761438 – 1713
202044409403360 – 4471166888798 – 979211215951443 – 1748
202045434403362 – 4431111890807 – 973204416071441 – 1774
202046435408369 – 4461059898814 – 982208616251449 – 1801
202047417411376 – 4471083913829 – 996183516471468 – 1826
202048436414377 – 4501084925845 – 1005188516731482 – 1863
202049446411373 – 4501112933843 – 1022197216921481 – 1903
202050464413374 – 4511104938853 – 1023204717491525 – 1973
202051473416378 – 4541187941848 – 1034224918091563 – 2056
202052432415375 – 4551146944849 – 1039228918651598 – 2132
202053462413372 – 4541279958863 – 1052236118981621 – 2174
20211429411369 – 4521178971877 – 1065253519301644 – 2215
20212410409367 – 4511109969875 – 1062233019691662 – 2275
20213424411366 – 4551086969875 – 1062234820001670 – 2331
20214403412370 – 4551105974880 – 1067220520421713 – 2372
20215379413370 – 4551099981881 – 1080217220511730 – 2372
20216410413366 – 4591097981867 – 1095204120441703 – 2385
20217476415369 – 4621038986856 – 1115201020441661 – 2427
20218403416369 – 463983986840 – 1133181720211612 – 2430
20219414415365 – 466967975830 – 1121172019971587 – 2407
202110411413365 – 460988969828 – 1109183719691569 – 2369
202111410410363 – 458983956827 – 1085164319211549 – 2292
202112386405360 – 4511005941819 – 1062164618601514 – 2206
202113411402361 – 4441037930830 – 1031172318021497 – 2108
202114443396353 – 4401046912829 – 995166217461500 – 1992
202115435390351 – 4281072898831 – 965161816991507 – 1891
202116448385346 – 4231014890822 – 958166716701515 – 1825
202117421379337 – 4201032879809 – 948163516401500 – 1779
202118398377338 – 4151016869801 – 937156016231482 – 1764
202119474376335 – 416912866799 – 934155716071468 – 1745
202120374335 – 414855789 – 92215911469 – 1712
202121373331 – 415854788 – 92015701469 – 1671
202122372326 – 418851786 – 91615561460 – 1652
202123374331 – 417848789 – 90815391434 – 1643
202124378336 – 421850791 – 90915341440 – 1629
202125378337 – 419848787 – 91015231437 – 1610
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* Provisional figures. Week 19 in 2021 is an estimate.

COVID-19 mortality known up to January inclusive

The figures on (excess) mortality are based on daily reports on the number of deaths received by CBS. These reports do not contain any information about the cause of death. CBS receives such information at a later stage via a death cause certificate. The cause of death is known for all deceased up to and including January 2021. According to these figures, 24,484 thousand people died of COVID-19 between March 2020 and January 2021, as published by CBS on 4 May. Excess mortality during the first wave and during the first nineteen weeks of the second wave is entirely attributable to mortality from the novel coronavirus.

Data sources for RIVM

To date, RIVM has registered 17,472 COVID-19 deaths. These include 14,336 recorded until January 2021 inclusive (as at 18 May 2021). RIVM receives data on confirmed COVID-19 deaths from municipal health services (GGD) around the country on a daily basis. The actual COVID-19-related death count in the Netherlands is likely to turn out higher because of the following reasons: it is possible that not all people with COVID-19 have themselves tested, there is no reporting obligation for COVID-19 and registration sometimes takes a little longer.

Estimate for week 19

The figures for week 19 are estimates, based on 84 percent of the overall number of death records to be received by CBS. CBS will publish provisional weekly mortality figures for week 19 on Friday 28 May. The figures will be more complete by then.

There will be no news release on weekly mortality on 28 May 2021 because of Pentecost. Due to a shift in delivery of death records, as commonly occurs around public holidays, an estimate will not be available for week 20. However, the StatLine table will be available, under Mortality per week. The next news release on weekly mortality will be published on 4 June.