Cyprus recorded the largest number of excess deaths in the EU in February, Eurostat data show.
In February 2023, two-thirds of EU countries recorded no excess deaths (meaning that the indicator fell below the baseline, which is the average number of deaths for the same period in 2016-2019), for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic started.
Cyprus (12.5 % above the 2016-19 national monthly average) and Greece (12.3 %) recorded the highest rate of excess deaths.
At an EU level, the indicator fell below the baseline value for the first time since February 2020. In February 2023 it was -2%.
The main peaks of excess deaths in the EU were recorded in April 2020 (+25%), November 2020 (+40%), April 2021 (+21%) and November 2021 (+27%).
The main peaks in excess deaths in Cyprus are in August 2021 (+55%), March 2022 (+43%), January 2022 (+39%) and April 2021 (+27%).