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Report estimates 1,100 excess deaths during pandemic years

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A new report has estimated that Ireland experienced around 1,100 excess deaths during the pandemic years of 2020 and 2021. It says that Government restrictions stand out as one potentially significant factor for lower excess deaths in 2020.

The report is from the Society of Actuaries in Ireland. The analysis reveals broadly no excess mortality in 2020; however, 2021 witnessed an increase in excess mortality, signalling a more significant impact on mortality patterns during the pandemic's second year.

Excess mortality is defined as the difference between observed deaths and expected deaths. The authors say that while this report provides a numerical analysis of the deaths experienced in Ireland in 2020/2021, the Society is very much cognisant of the people behind these numbers and is mindful of those who suffered the loss of a loved one during this period.

The current figures show that since the pandemic there have been over 9,300 deaths linked to Covid here. The report points out that recent research on the impact of Covid-19 on mortality in Ireland has been contradictory and stresses that, it is important to note that there is not one definitive approach to calculating excess mortality.

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