SKYROCKET excess deaths in the Balearic Islands by 400% in 2022. Image: NKM999/Shutterstock.com
EXCESS deaths have increased by 400% in the Balearic Islands in 2022 compared to the first year of the pandemic, according to data provided by the Spanish Mortality Surveillance System (MoMo).
The Balearic Islands have seen a huge increase in excess deaths so far this year, up 398.6% from the first year of the pandemic and 92.49% from the second, confirmed MoMo.
Joan Carles March, a public health and preventive medicine specialist, said that in 2020 there were 288 more deaths than expected for all reasons, 28 of which were attributable to temperature, as reported. Ultimate Hora.
In 2021, 746 excess deaths were recorded from all causes, including 60 attributable to heat or cold. In 2022, in November alone, 1,436 additional all-cause deaths have already been recorded, including 72 from heat.
“Since January 1, 2020, MoMo has identified 2,469 more deaths than expected on the islands from all causes, and 161 deaths attributable to extreme heat or cold,” March said.
He also pointed out that “if we look at 2022 in detail, August and July are the months with the greatest excess of deaths from all causes: 228 and 216, respectively.”
Cumulative deaths in June (173), September (150), January (134), February (108) and October (97) were also significant, he said.
March told the outlet there were several reasons for the high death toll.
“One is the healthcare deficit, with appointment delays ranging from days to two weeks,” health experts said.
“There has been poor management of chronic patients, with a significant decrease in the number of follow-up visits for over two years.
“There have also been late diagnoses of various pathologies, ranging from heart attacks to strokes and cancers, while at the same time there has been an aging population,” he added.
March said that “more surprising and worrying is the figure for 2021, where, according to the Carlos III Health Institute, there has been an excess of deaths in Spain of almost 25,000 people, whose origin is not not detailed.
“This figure increases in 2022, because according to Eurostat (another measurement system different from MoMo), Spain was – with 48,000 deaths – the country in the European Union with the highest excess mortality between March and June of this year, compared to the average for the same period in the previous four years.
The Spanish public health expert noted that “one theory believes that the increase in mortality is related to the capacity of infection by the SARS-CoV-2 virus”.
However, he said that “the excess deaths in 2021 and 2022 will be, above all, due to an increase in strokes, myocardial infarctions, pulmonary thromboembolism and the coronavirus infection itself” .
March noted that “there are some theories – widely held in some forums and which I don’t believe – that suggest the cause of the excess mortality is due to complications resulting from mass vaccination against COVID-19.”
He added: “The excess deaths in 2021 and, especially, in 2022, give rise to a lot of speculation”, but according to him, “ignorance leads to speculation, which is followed by rumor and, in the end , we have theories for all tastes.
That is why he believes that “a serious and thorough investigation is urgently needed to find out why the Spaniards in general, and the Balearics in particular, are dying in excess”.
Ultima Hora pointed out that Spain’s regional health ministry had refused to assess the MoMo data.
“We consider that we cannot make a qualitative analysis of a quantitative report,” they said.
“We cannot speculate on what might be causing this increase, as we lack a lot of information and cannot speculate as a public and official body.”
The news of the increase in excess deaths in the Balearic Islands comes after the number of excess deaths attributable to high temperatures in Spain this summer almost tripled in the region of Valencia.
On Thursday, October 27, the Carlos III Health Institute (ISCIII) Daily Mortality Monitoring System (MoMo), reported that between June 1 and September 30, 2022, an excess of 337 deaths were attributed to the high temperatures in the Valencia region.
According to the data, this figure is almost three times the calculated number in 2021 of 138 excess deaths.
While estimated excess deaths from all causes fell from 577 to 2,812 in 2022.
On October 17, it was reported that an excess mortality of 32,058 people in Spain had been recorded from January 1 to September 31, 2022 – equivalent to 117 deaths per day from an unknown cause.
Those numbers are up 94% from 2019, the year before the Covid-19 pandemic, when 2,862 people died.
On October 12, it was reported that excess mortality had increased by 21% among the population aged 0 to 14 in the Canary Islands compared to the first nine months of 2021.
Also this month, it was reported that the excess number of deaths over the UK summer had increased due to “high temperatures” which are believed to have caused “premature deaths”.
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