The effects of COVID-19 pandemic on the premature mortality in Serbia in 2020

Galjak, Marko (2021) The effects of COVID-19 pandemic on the premature mortality in Serbia in 2020. Demografija (18). pp. 57-70. ISSN 1820-4244 eISSN 2560-5011

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Serbia is experiencing a massive number of deaths due to COVID-19. One way to express this mortality is by measuring the years of potential life lost to this disease. This paper looks at the cost of the pandemic in 2020 to premature deaths in Serbia. The final data on mortality in 2020 in Serbia provided by the Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia is used to measure this loss. Premature mortality is examined through geographical, age, and sex dimensions. In total, 64.620 years of potential life were lost directly by COVID-19, i.e., 1019.14 years of potential life per 100 000 people younger than 75. Men lost 2.5 as many potential years of life then women did. Moreover, the region of eastern and Southern Serbia fared much worse than any other region. There is no clear pattern regarding the rural/urban divide, as some of the hardest-hit municipalities were rural and urban. The analysis was expanded to include the estimate of the economic cost of premature mortality due to the COVID-19. In 2020 more than $0.34 billion was lost to premature deaths, and by the end of 2021, this number will likely be well over $1 billion when the pandemic ends. The direct cost of premature deaths on future birth rates will not be pronounced as very few women younger than 50 died to affect future birth rates significantly.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: YLPP, CLP, economic cost, mortality, deaths, SARS-CoV-2, YLPP, CLP, ekonomski trošak, mortalitet, umrli, SARS-CoV-2.
Institutional centre: Centre for demographic research
Depositing User: Vesna Jovanović
Date Deposited: 29 Dec 2021 17:55
Last Modified: 29 Dec 2021 17:55

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