Czech death rate in first half of year one-third up on 2020

Some 76,300 deaths were recorded in the Czech Republic in the first half of 2021, a one-third increase on the same period last year, when the country first felt the impact of the coronavirus epidemic. The figures were released by the Czech Statistics Office on Monday.

Despite the high death rate, the population had again climbed to above 10.7 million at the end of June, having fallen slightly below that figure at the close of the first quarter of 2021.

The Czech population rose by 1,200 in the first six months of this year, the lowest increase for that period seen in eight years.

Author: Ian Willoughby