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Mortality in the Russian Federation is breaking records: by March 2021, the death rate by 26% more than a year earlier, and the population decline doubled

Mortality in Russia in March 2021 increased compared to last year - 25.7% more people died in the country than in the same month of 2020
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Mortality in Russia in March 2021 increased compared to last year – 25.7% more people died in the country than in the same month of 2020

As follows from the published data of Rosstat, “mortality increased by 25.7% by March 2020 and by 10.8% by February 2021”. At the same time, in January-March 2021, 583.8 thousand people died in Russia, while in the first quarter of 2020 – 460 thousand.

The natural decline in the population (the excess of the number of deaths over the number of births) in March 2021 increased by 1.5 times compared to March 2020, amounting to 63 thousand 103 people (against 41 thousand 719 people a year earlier). And since the beginning of 2021, the natural decline in the population of the Russian Federation amounted to 246.8 thousand people against 121.7 thousand people in January-March 2020 (a 2-fold increase).

At the same time, the number of children born did not change: in the first quarter of 2021 – 336.9 thousand children, in the first quarter of last year – 338.3 thousand.

Thus, the large-scale demographic crisis in Russia is on the face.

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In 2020, the decline in the population of Russia also more than doubled – to 688.7 thousand people compared to 316.2 thousand people in 2019, which was the maximum figure in 15 years (in 2005, the population decline was 846.6 thousand . human). In total, according to preliminary data from Rosstat, the population of Russia in 2020 decreased by more than half a million people (about 180 thousand were compensated by migration) and amounted to 146.24 million people.

The population of Russia as of January 1, 2021 became the minimum since the beginning of 2014 – then it was 143.7 million people, but after the annexation of Crimea at the beginning of 2015, the population grew to 146.3 million people (without Crimea, the same number of people was in Russia in 2001, and the absolute minimum was reached at the beginning of 2009 – 142.7 million people).

From the latest data from Rosstat, it also follows that from April 2020 to March 2021 inclusive, 249 702 people died in the country as a result of the consequences of the coronavirus, and in 166 858 cases it became the main cause of death. Another 82,844 patients who were diagnosed with COVID, judging by the causes of death indicated in the documents, died as a result of other diseases.

Based on these figures, the TASS agency concludes that the mortality rate of coronavirus in Russia is 8%, taking into account all cases in which it was the main cause of death and all cases when it became a concomitant cause of death.

According to the operational headquarters, in March the mortality rate was 4.3% (against 3.3% in February). This discrepancy is precisely due to the fact that the headquarters takes into account only those cases when COVID is indicated as the main cause of death and this was confirmed.

In February of this year, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova said that in 2020 the death rate in the country increased by 17.9%, and most of the increase was caused by deaths due to the coronavirus.

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