This year Denmark has registered fewer deaths than usual, in spite of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Amazingly, Denmark has defied its predicted death rate for 2020 and registered fewer deaths this year than has been seen since 2015. Under 700 people have sadly passed away from COVID-19 this year in Denmark. This figure compares with over 40,000 deaths from COVID-19 this year in the UK and over 28,000 in Spain, for example.
Some sources credit good hand hygiene and social distancing measures for having reduced the death rate. After all, this time of year usually signals a significant rise in influenza cases too. However, there has been no official hypothesis as to why Denmark has seen a decrease in its yearly death rate, and perhaps it is too early in the year to say for sure what has caused this.
Other countries have encouraged hand hygiene in a similar manner to Denmark. Restrictions aimed at limiting or stopping COVID-19 transmission have also been implemented in different countries across the world too but countries like the UK have seen a rise in death rate, rather than a decline. Denmark’s decline will no doubt be the focus of much investigation as we head into the colder months.