48,000 deaths, between the last months of March and June, have been the cause of Spaintops the list of European Union countries with higher excess mortality in four years.

And it is that, compared to the average figure between 2016 and 2019, according to the data published this Monday by the community statistical office Eurostat, Spain has notably increased its number of deaths in spring, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Thus, the Iberian country is the first in deaths, closely followed by Italy, which has exceeded its average with 46,000 deaths, and by Germany and the Netherlands, which are around 10,000 more. While the rest, the other 21 member states, bring together an excess of mortality of 25,000 deaths.

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Eurostat analysis by region reveals that central Spain and Northern Italy were the areas of the block most affected by the coronavirus. The most pronounced increase was that registered in the Italian region of Bergamo, whose excess mortality increased almost ninefold in mid-March, followed by the Spanish province of Segovia, with an increase of 630% a week later.

168,000 more people died in the European spring, also exceeding the average of the previous four years. The EU bloc reached the highest level between the end of March and the beginning of April, at which time the excess mortality reached 36,000 deaths. A figure that fell below 5,000 weekly deaths at the beginning of May and that by mid-June was already lower than 2,200 deaths.

In the total deaths collected by statistics, 96% represent people aged 70 and over. Likewise, a higher excess mortality was observed among men than among women from March to May and in early June. In contrast, more women than men died between April and early May.