The number of deaths in Germany in January was 13 percent above the average of previous years. This was reported by the Federal Statistical Office on Tuesday in Wiesbaden. According to this, 98,632 people died during the month. That was around 11,000 more than the average value for the comparable months from 2019 to 2022.
As the Federal Office announced, citing data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), there was a connection to a seasonal flu wave and an interim increase in the number of corona deaths. The two waves passed their peak shortly before the turn of the year, and since the beginning of January the number of deaths has been gradually declining again.
The number of deaths in the first calendar week of the year, with an increase of 26 percent, was still well above the average value of the four previous years. By the fourth calendar week at the end of January, the plus had shrunk to just three percent.
According to RKI data, 384 corona deaths were reported nationwide for the third calendar week of 2023. In the last two calendar weeks of 2022, there were more than a thousand each.