Approximately 9% of all deaths in Austria
in 2021 due to COVID
"The Corona pandemic also led to higher mortality
in 2021. As in the year before, more people died overall in 2021 than
in the years before the pandemic, and almost 8 000 due to COVID
Deaths due to COVID
There were also marked regional differences in the
proportion of those who died from COVID
For more detailed information regarding Causes of Death please refer to our Website. Further information on deaths can be found on our website, where an interactive web application – the Atlas of Deaths – also graphically illustrates the development and regional distribution.
on methodology, definitions: The preliminary results of the Cause
of Death Statistics 2021 refer to all deaths occurring in Austria between
January 1 and December 31, 2021, and registered with the civil status
authorities by February 15, 2022.
The legal basis for determining the cause of death is the civil status act (Personenstandsgesetz - PStG) 2013: Federal Law No. 16/2013; § 28 para. 1. Accordingly, Statistics Austria has to receive and process information on the cause of death. Causes of death statistics are based on death certificates, with a structure according to the World Health Organisation. The death certificate is filled in by a medical examiner, pathologist or forensic pathologist. On the death certificate is indicated the causal chain of illnesses that ultimately led to death. From these, the disease that triggered the death process (the underlying cause) is selected and coded according to international guidelines (the International Classification of Causes of Diseases – ICD
Since only diagnoses and no laboratory results are indicated on the death certificate, data of the cause of death statistics were enriched with the results from the Epidemiological Reporting System (EMS) of the Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection.
However, there are the following differences in coverage:
Not every confirmed COVID
In EMS, cases are counted as deceased if they occur within 28 days of initial diagnosis. In the cause of death statistics, all cases reported to the central reporting registry in a given year are included.
In both data sources, delivery delays of varying degrees may occur, sometimes leading to significant differences in the key figures of the two data sources. The EMS data used here refer to the database status as of February 1, 2022.
The total number of deaths in a year depends on the size and age structure of the population. Mortality is usually described using age-standardised death rates. The standardised death rate indicates how many deaths would have occurred per 100 000 living persons due to the prevailing mortality conditions if the age structure of the population in the relevant reporting period (here provisional figures for the annual average in 2021) had corresponded to that of a standard population. This eliminates the disturbing influence of the respective age structure, i.e. this measure takes into account both the overall growing population and its continuous ageing, thus making different death conditions comparable over time. The standard population used is the standard population 2013 published by Eurostat, which is an "artificial population" with an estimated age structure for the European population used as a basis for calculating comparable age-standardised death rates.
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