In 2021, more people died in all provinces than a year earlier – in six, the increase in the number of deaths exceeded 10 percent. He was highest in the two eastern ones. In three provinces, people who died from COVID-19 accounted for over 15 percent.
Throughout 2021, 520,921 people died in Poland, according to statistics published on the government portal Otwarte Dane. As we analyzed in Konkret24, this by over 41 thousand more than in 2020, the first year of the pandemic. The most tragic month of last year was December: in the Opolskie, Śląskie and Podkarpackie voivodeships then more than 20 percent died. more inhabitants than last year, and in Małopolska by more than 40 percent.
In all of 2021, more people died in all voivodeships than in 2020 – the increases reach 15%. The share of deaths from COVID-19 was significant: in all voivodships it was at least 10%, and in three it exceeded 15%.
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In terms of numbers, the largest increases were in Mazowieckie, Lubelskie and Silesia
It must be remembered that already last year’s data were much higher than in 2019 – in 2020 there was no voivodeship where no deaths occurred (from over 13 to 20% year on year). The reason – direct and indirect – was, of course, the pandemic. The death curve began to rise in mid-2020. So the next year, 2021, raised the tragic statistics for the entire country.
Last year, at least 1,000 people died in as many as 15 provinces. people more than in 2020. Only in the least populated Opolskie voivodeship the increase was lower (584). Most people died in the following voivodships: Mazowieckie – 73.8 thousand; Silesian – 66.2 thousand; Greater Poland – 43.4 thousand (however, these are the most populous regions of Poland).
As for the year-on-year increase, the number of deaths increased most in the following voivodships: Śląskie – by 6,026, Mazowieckie – by 5,416, Lubelskie – by 3,384.
The highest percentage increases in Podlaskie and Lubelskie
However, taking into account the percentage increase in deaths compared to 2020, it was the highest in the two eastern voivodships: Podlaskie – by 15.4%. and Lublin – by 12.5 percent. In recent months, we reported in Konkret24 that these two provinces were particularly hit by COVID-19 deaths during the fourth wave of the pandemic.
The number of deaths increased by at least 10% year on year in the following voivodeships: Warmińsko-Mazurskie – by 11%, Kujawsko-Pomorskie – by 10.9%, Zachodniopomorskie – by 10.2%. and Silesia – by 10 percent.
Two voivodships with a significantly lower increase in the number of deaths are; Lesser Poland – 5 percent and Opole – 4.5 percent
Share of COVID-19 deaths: at least 10%
“Today is another sad day, but a special day, because we have crossed the barrier of one hundred thousand covid deaths,” said Minister of Health Adam Niedzielski on January 11 on TVN24. Although he talked about deaths from the beginning of the pandemic, the largest number was in 2021 – 68.4 thousand.
Deaths from COVID-19 accounted for 13 percent all deaths in Poland in 2021 (68.4 out of 521 thousand). However, broken down by voivodships: in all of them they accounted for at least 10 percent. all. The highest percentage of deaths from COVID-19 was in the provinces:
- Lublin – 16.4 percent
- Kuyavian-Pomeranian – 16.1 percent
- Podkarpackie – 15.7 percent
In the remaining voivodships, the share of such deaths amounted to: Warmińsko-Mazurskie – 14.4%; Podlasie – 14.3 percent; Wielkopolskie – 13.7 percent; Pomeranian Voivodeship – 13.4 percent; Lubuskie – 13.1 percent; Opolskie – 13 percent; Świętokrzyskie – 12.9 percent; Śląskie, Łódzkie, Małopolskie – 12.5%; Mazowieckie – 12.1 percent; Zachodniopomorskie – 11.8 percent; Lower Silesia – 10.2 percent
Author: Michał Istel
Source: Konkret24, photo: Shutterstock