What do people die of on an average day?
On an average day in the non-conventional year 2020, 55 people died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus that appeared in the Netherlands in early 2020. More than twice as many people (129) died from cancer and 100 died from cardiovascular diseases. A total of 461 people died each day, 45 more than on an average day in 2019.
Few flu deaths in 2020
Mortality due to cancer was just as high as in 2019, while three people fewer died each day from cardiovascular diseases. Respiratory disease was the cause of death for 29 people each day, six less than a year earlier. Flu, which comes under this group of causes of death, was absent or rare in 2020. The consequences of a mental disorder or illness of the nervous system, including dementia, caused 55 deaths per day, four less than in 2019 and the same number as those who died from COVID-19 in 2020.
Fourteen people died each day from a fatal fall
Twenty-five people a day died from non-natural causes, such as accidents, suicide, murder and manslaughter, one more than in 2019. This group of causes of death has been increasing among elderly people in recent years, a fact that is entirely due to more elderly people dying from the consequences of an accidental fall (unintentional falling, tripping or slipping). On an average day in 2020, 14 people died as a result of a fatal fall. Suicides caused an average of five deaths per day and traffic accidents caused two deaths per day.
|Cancer and other neoplasms||129||129|
|Mental disorder or
illness of the nervous system
|Non-natural causes (accidents, suicide,
and murder and manslaugher)
|Other causes of death (excl. COVID-19)||69||67|