Turkish Thoracic Journal
Original Article

Excess Deaths in Malatya in the COVID-19 Pandemic


Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pulmonology, Inönü University, Malatya, Turkey


Faculty of Medicine, Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics, Inönü University, Malatya, Turkey

Turk Thorac J 2021; 22: 473-476
DOI: 10.5152/TurkThoracJ.2021.21039
Read: 222 Downloads: 53 Published: 28 October 2021

OBJECTIVE: In our study, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in Malatya province, other than confirmed case deaths, were investigated.

MATERIAL AND METHODS: The records of those who died between 2016 and 2020 were reviewed on the official website of the Malatya Metropolitan Municipality, and the numbers of deaths in those 5 years were recorded on a weekly basis. The arithmetic mean of the deaths between 2016 and 2019 was calculated, and it was investigated whether the number of deaths in 2020 was more than expected.

RESULTS: In 2020, 1743 (61%) excess deaths were detected. While the mean number of deaths reported 4 years before 2020 was 2860, it was determined that the number of deaths in 2020 was 4603, and there were 1743 (61%) excess deaths.

CONCLUSION: The deaths occurred in Malatya during the COVID-19 pandemic were more than expected. It has been supposed that some deaths were of polymerase chain reaction negative and hence unrecorded COVID-19 patients’ deaths, and some deaths were caused by other indirect effects of the pandemic.

Cite this article as: Aytemur ZA, Yalçınsoy M, Arslan AK, Hacıevliyagil SS. Excess deaths in Malatya in the COVID-19 pandemic.Turk Thorac J. 2021; 22(6): 473-476.

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