Christinne Muschi / Reuters
QUEBEC – The number of deaths in Quebec jumped 10% in 2020, revealed Thursday the Institute of Statistics of Quebec.
The ISQ’s provisional estimate shows 74,550 deaths last year, or 6,750 more than the previous year.
We can expect an increase in the number of deaths each year, adds the agency, due to population growth and aging demographics. But between 2010 and 2019, the average annual increase was around 2%.
The 10% jump observed last year is therefore exceptional, we said in a press release.
The increase in the number of deaths in Quebec in 2020 is linked to the COVID-19 pandemic, the effects of which were particularly marked between the end of March and the beginning of June, specifies the ISQ.
Last fall, the number of deaths recorded each week in the province from all causes was significantly higher than the same period in the previous ten years.