16,379 people died in Hungary in March, according to a new report from the Central Statistical Office. This is the highest number “since the 1983 extreme influenza pandemic. The number of deaths in March has never been so high, which may be due to the increased number of deaths caused by coronavirus infection”.
Consequently, the rate of population decline in Hungary speeded up in the first quarter of 2021, with the number of deaths jumping by 22 percent year on year and the number of births edging up 1.2 percent.
In the first 3 months of the year, 22,254 children were born, 17 more than in the same period last year, while 41,727 people died, 7,702 more than in Jan-March 2020.
The number of deaths registered in March alone jumped by 40 percent in annual comparison, to 16,379, KSH said.
The number of marriages fell by 0.9 percent, with 12,004 couples tying the knot, 262 fewer than in the same period last year.