Why did more people die over the summer in EU than expected?

A paramedic opens the doors of an ambulance to take a patient into the Royal London Hospital in the Whitechapel area of east London,.
A paramedic opens the doors of an ambulance to take a patient into the Royal London Hospital in the Whitechapel area of east London,. Copyright AP Photo
By Kal Berjikian
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More people died in July and August this summer than during the same time in 2020 and 2021, and COVID-19 might be one of the reasons, but not in the way you think.

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Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of people have died throughout Europe and the rest of the world.

And while COVID-19 deaths have significantly dropped since countries started to roll out vaccines, excess mortality has not gone away within the European Union.

In July and August 2022, more people died in the EU than during the same time in 2020 and 2021.

There are two main theories for why this is happening: Heatwaves and healthcare backlogs created during the pandemic.

Watch the report in the video player above to learn more about excess deaths in the European Union.

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