According to a report released by the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), Germany has seen 180,000 excess deaths during the three-year period of the Covid-19 pandemic. The report states that this number is more than double the number of Covid-19 related deaths in Germany reported by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI).
The DIW report states that the excess deaths are mainly due to the indirect consequences of the pandemic, such as the disruption of health care services and the reluctance of people to seek medical help. The report also noted that the majority of excess deaths were among elderly people, particularly those aged 80 and over.
The DIW report highlights the need for better strategies to support elderly people during the pandemic and emphasizes the importance of ensuring access to health care services and other necessary supports. The report also emphasizes the need to protect vulnerable populations from the indirect consequences of the pandemic.