Life expectancy in the European Union fell last year amid the COVID-19 pandemic, halting a decades-long upward trend, official figures show.
The most marked decline was recorded in Spain: life expectancy at birth fell by 1.6 years between 2019 and 2020, the statistical office of the European Union, Eurostat announced on Wednesday.
Next come Bulgaria, which suffered a loss of 1.5 years, and Lithuania, Poland and Romania, for which Eurostat noted a decline of 1.4 years.
Eurostat attributed the losses to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to an increase in deaths across the bloc.
“Following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic last year, life expectancy at birth has dropped in the vast majority of EU Member States with 2020 data available,” Eurostat said in a report. Press release.
An overall EU average is not available as the member state Ireland did not provide its data for 2020.
In 2019, the EU average was 81.3 years.
On average, life expectancy in the EU has increased by more than two years since the 1960s (dpa / NAN)
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