The numbers are still expected to rise in the coming days, as not all deaths in March were recorded. That’s because a death record in the system can take days to count.
The second month with the most deaths in the last 18 years was June 2020, when 139,365 people died, according to data from Arpen’s Transparency Portal.
March also recorded a record number of deaths from Covid-19 since the pandemic began. There were 66,800 deaths, according to data from the press consortium.
“In this moment of extreme difficulty that we are living in, being able to provide death information in Brazil in an immediate, open and transparent way to all society and public bodies is essential so that the authorities can plan their actions and the population can have the real dimension of the dangers of this disease ”, explains Gustavo Renato Fiscarelli, president of Arpen-Brasil.
The data only reinforce an excess of natural deaths found in the country last year.
“If you look at March 2020, you will see that 108 thousand deaths due to natural causes were registered in the country [segundo o Conass]. It was the beginning of the pandemic. If you look at March 2021, the records increase to 148,000 deaths. 40,000 more people are not killed in a single month from natural causes in years without a pandemic. This is the excess caused directly and indirectly by Covid “, explains data scientist Isaac Schrarstzhaupt.
“Certainly March 2021 was the deadliest month because of the pandemic. There was no catastrophe to explain such a huge jump in deaths, no other cause [entre 2003 e 2021]”says Schrarstzhaupt.
Last year, Brazil had 22% more deaths from natural causes than what was expected, points out a survey carried out by the National Council of Health Secretaries (Conass). The study, carried out by the global health organization Vital Strategies, points out that there were 275,587 more deaths last year than what was expected.
Understand the concepts used by epidemiologists:
(Correction: when it was published, this article was wrong to inform that the records took into account deaths from all causes. They are, in fact, all deaths from natural causes. The text was corrected at 17:30.)
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