According to official data, Western Europe is not the continent’s capital for excessive deaths.

While the initial pandemic was a disaster for countries such as the UK, Spain and Italy, and Belgium, it has now been shifted to the East by nations like Poland and Bulgaria.

A major analysis by the Office for National Statistics looked at excess deaths — the number of fatalities from all causes above the five-year average — on the continent from the start of Covid to mid-2021.

This study revealed that the number of deaths in excess of average across Europe was almost equal to those caused by coronavirus, or from lockdowns.  

A few exceptions exist, such as the Scandinavian nations, who have maintained low case rates and excessive deaths, except for anti-lockdown Sweden. 

120,000 people died in the UK during the pandemic, with an increase in non-Covid deaths within people’s homes. It has been referred to by experts as a ‘silent crisis’. 

Interactive maps from the ONS show that excess death trends have followed the exact same path as Covid waves. Western European countries were hit hardest by excess deaths early in the pandemic because of their close proximity to Italy, the continent’s original epicentre. These were mostly Covids, even though not all were detected in early testing.

There has been an improvement in the second half of 2021, as wealthy EU member countries stockpiled on vaccines and squashed Covid death rate.

It is no coincidence that Eastern European nations — where uptake of the jabs remain low — made up seven of the 10 countries with the highest excess death rates by June this year. 

By the week ending June 18, Poland had the highest rates of excess deaths with 23 per cent more than the five-year average, followed by Bulgaria (21 per cent) and the Czech Republic (20 per cent). Rounding out the worst five are Slovakia (17 per cent) and Romania (14 per cent), followed by Slovenia and Hungary (both 10 per cent)

The week ended June 18th saw the most excess deaths in Poland, which had 23% more than its five-year average. Bulgaria (21%), and the Czech Republic (22%) were close behind. The worst five were Slovakia (17%) and Romania (14%), then Slovenia (10%) and Hungary (10%)

By contrast, the highest in Western Europe was England (7 per cent), Spain (6.5 per cent), Scotland (5 per cent), and Wales (4 per cent). The UK's rate as a whole was 6.7 per cent above average in June

However, in Western Europe, England was the most populous (7%) followed by Spain (6.5%), Scotland (5%) and Wales (4%) respectively. As a country, the UK had an average rate of 6.7% higher than in June.

By the middle of the summer, eight countries in Europe has below average excess mortality — Denmark, Cyprus, Finland, Iceland, Malta, Norway, Luxembourg, and Sweden. Norway had the lowest at -12 per cent

By the middle of the summer, eight countries in Europe has below average excess mortality — Denmark, Cyprus, Finland, Iceland, Malta, Norway, Luxembourg, and Sweden. Norway had the lowest excess mortality rate at -12%

Eastern European countries lag behind the West when it comes to vaccinations, which is contributing to Covid deaths and therefore excess mortality. Just 25 per cent of Bulgarians have been fully vaccinated against Covid, figures show, compared to around 65 per cent in the UK, France and Germany. Romania is doing slightly better with just over 35 per cent of the population jabbed, while Slovakia has jabbed more than 40 per cent. Uptake is above 50 per cent in Poland and the Czech Republic

Eastern European countries are far behind Western Europe in terms of vaccinations. This is contributing to Covid mortality and excess deaths. Figures show that only 25% of Bulgarians are fully protected against Covid, as compared with around 66% in France, Germany, and the UK. Romania does slightly better, with only 35% of its population having been vaccinated. Slovakia however has gotten more than 40%. The Czech Republic, Poland, and Czech Republic have higher uptakes than 50%.

The week ended June 18th saw the most excess deaths in Poland, which had 23 percent more than its five-year average. Bulgaria (21%), and the Czech Republic (22%) were close behind.

The worst five countries are Slovakia (17%) and Romania (14%), followed closely by Slovenia (10%) and Hungary (10%). 

However, in Western Europe, England was at 7.5% (6.5%) Spain (5.6%), Scotland (5%) and Wales (4%) were the highest. As a country, the rate was 6.7% higher than average in June.

By the middle of summer 2021, eight countries in Europe had below average excess mortality — Denmark, Cyprus, Finland, Iceland, Malta, Norway, Luxembourg, and Sweden. Norway had the lowest excess mortality rate at minus 12 percent. 

The West is far ahead of Eastern European countries when it comes vaccinations. This contributes to Covid deaths, and thus excess mortality.

Only 25% of Bulgarians are fully immunized against Covid. This compares to the 65 percent in France, Germany and the UK. 

Romania has slightly higher uptake with only 35% of its population jabbing, and Slovakia is at 42%.  In Poland, the Czech Republic and elsewhere in Europe, uptake has reached more than 50%.

According to the ONS, the UK had more deaths due to all causes than the average for some weeks. 

Enfield, Tower Hamlets and Tower Hamlets both suffered 226%, 24%, and 24% respectively, in the weeks January peak of the Covid wave. 

Meanwhile, the ONS found that almost all countries had higher excess mortality in 2020 than in 2021, except for Portugal, Estonia and Hungary.

Because there is a high level of immunity due to vaccinations and natural protection from prior waves, fewer people die from Covid.  

Recent weeks have seen a new wave of Covid infection on the continent, which has relegated nations to draconian measures and may see excessive deaths again. 

Italy has been revealed to be considering locking down the unvaccinated. It would become the second country in the world to do so after Austria. 

Germany’s new government stated that unvaccinated citizens should be prohibited from working and traveling on public transport. This is in response to what Angela Merkel called ‘dramatically high’ levels of infection. The Netherlands introduced a 7pm closing time for restaurants and pubs, in response to increasing cases.

Tomorrow in Ireland all nightclubs, pubs, and hospitality establishments, including nightclubs, will close at midnight. The use of Covid passports, which are available for purchase online, will also be increased. People will be encouraged to work remotely if possible.

The British government has rejected repeated pleas for implementation of its Plan B. This would have similar measures as those being imposed on Ireland. Boris Johnson acknowledged that full-blown lockdown might still be possible if the number of cases rises.

The UK’s position is slightly different from its European counterparts. It was the first European country to release lockdown, and remove all restrictions during summer. It is thought that this move led to frontloading cases in autumn. Scientists think it should prevent a peak in winter.   

During the pandemic, 60,000. More Brits have been killed at home than ever before 

According to official data, more than 60.000 additional deaths took place in private households since the Covid pandemic began. Experts recommend an investigation.

An Office of National Statistics (ONS) report published last week found that there have been 252,486 deaths in private homes between January 2020 and June 2021.

Since 2005, the number of home deaths in England and Wales have steadily increased. Thousands more chose to die at home than in a hospital. The proportion rose nearly 30% in 2020, compared with the previous year, when Covid told Britons to “stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives”. 

According to the ONS, there were approximately 41,000 more deaths at home in 2020 than in 2019, and that number peaks in May. 

The figures from 2021 that were available up until June show nearly 250,000 more deaths in the home than the 5-year average. It cast doubt on the possibility of lockdown being solely responsible for this rise.

The Government lowered its message of’stay away’ and told the NHS to keep treating non-Covid cases, even though Britain was still under third lockdown. 

Many have questioned the wisdom of locking down people and whether they were doing more harm than good for their health. The lockdowns led to many people not seeking treatment for fear of contracting the virus, disrupted scans for cancer and prevented them from getting medical care. 

Experts call for more research into whether people choose to end their lives at home or are being left in pain by the system that is unable to care for them. 

Heart disease is the leading cause of death at home. It killed more than 25,000 in 2020. Covid was only responsible for a few deaths in the home; it killed around 3,000 people.