The COVID-19 pandemic, which has significantly increased mortality in the country, starting in June, is proving to be more fatal in men, a trend observed across the globe.
Eurostat has published death data for Albania by gender, on a weekly basis, which are available for the 9-month period (from December 30, 2019 to the last week of September 2020, date 27, a total of 39 weeks).
According to Eurostat figures, compiled by "Monitor", for this period of 2020, deaths in the country increased by 7%, reaching 17.7 thousand. In normal years, according to Eurostat data for 2019, in the country, men accounted for about 50-54% of total deaths, while in the third quarter of 2020, there are weeks when this weight has increased to 62% of the total, due to the higher increase of fatalities of men in relation to women.
For Albania, the official institution responsible for statistics, INSTAT, has postponed the publication of annual data, which was scheduled for February 12. But, the official data from the Directorate of Civil Status, published earlier by "Monitor", show that in total, in 2020 they marked about 28 thousand deaths in the country, or about 6 thousand more than a year ago (+ 27.3%). According to the Civil Registry, this figure includes only deaths that occurred within the country.
Monthly data showed that the increase in fatalities was very high in November and December. A total of about 3,370 lives were lost in November, an increase of 111% compared to the same period a month earlier. In December, where a new record of about 4,160 lives was lost, an increase of 98% compared to December of the previous year. These growth rates are the highest in Europe to date.