EuroMOMO Bulletin, Week 39, 2020

Overall normal levels of mortality in Europe, but excess mortality is observable in subgroups

Overall pooled estimates of all-cause mortality show normal levels for the participating countries. However, excess mortality is observable in the age group 75 to 84 years and overall in a few countries.

Data from 24 participating European countries or regions were included in this week’s pooled analysis of all-cause mortality.

Estimates of cumulated excess mortality during the COVID-19 epidemic in Europe

Preliminary pooled estimates of the excess mortality compared to the expected level show a 25% increase overall during the current COVID-19 epidemic in Europe between week 10 and 22, 2020. In comparison, only a 2% increase have been observed from week 23 to week 36. Overall, this translates into an excess mortality increase of 14% of the expected level between week 10 and 36 for the EuroMOMO countries.


Note on interpretation of data: The number of deaths shown for the three most recent weeks should be interpreted with caution, as adjustments for delayed registrations may be imprecise. Furthermore, results of pooled analyses may vary depending on countries included in the weekly analyses. Pooled analyses are adjusted for variation between the included countries and for differences in the local delay in reporting

Changes on the website

On the website, a new section has been added called "BACKGROUND DATA" under the tab "HOW IT WORKS". BACKGROUND DATA describes the covered population mortality and shows the percentages of mortality covered in each of the participating countries/regions.

In total, the EuroMOMO network represents approximately 292 million people, as of 1 January 2020.

About EuroMOMO network data sharing and collaboration

During the current COVID-19 pandemic, information on its mortality impact is of major concern. The EuroMOMO network hub receives many questions about the weekly mortality data we present, as well as requests to share the underlying national data. While the network fully supports data sharing, the network hub is not mandated by the participating countries to release any national data. If you are interested in accessing national data, please approach countries individually.

The EuroMOMO network welcomes collaboration with external partners, e.g. about additional analyses and modelling to be performed. If you are interested in engaging with the network about any such collaboration, please forward your ideas to the hub, for wider sharing and dialogue with the network.

Kindly note that any use of data or information originating from the EuroMOMO website must be appropriately quoted and acknowledged.