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Webinar "The first year of the COVID-19 pandemic in Russia (April 2020 - March 2021)"

On June 3, the regular seminar of the Modern Demography series was held. At the seminar, Evgeny M. Andreev, Ph.D., laboratory head of the International laboratory for population and health NRU HSE presented the topic "The first year of the COVID-19 pandemic in Russia (April 2020 - March 2021)"

The pandemic of the new coronavirus infection spread to Russia in April 2020.Thus, in March 2021, the first year of the pandemic ended. On April 30, Rosstat published the results of the natural movement of the population of the regions of Russia for March and thus made a preliminary analysis of the results of this year possible. In general, over 12 months, the number of deaths in Russia increased by 25.8% compared to the period April 2019 - March 2020.The series of short-term fluctuations in mortality compiled in the Human Mortality Database compare the rate of deaths with those of other countries with reliable demographic statistics.The main focus of the report is to examine the significant differences between regions in the relative increase in the number of deaths. For this purpose, three indicators are considered:
- the relative increase in the overall mortality rate in the regions of Russia in the period April 2020 - March 2021 compared to the period April 2019 - March 2020;
- the crude death rate when COVID-19 is mentioned in the medical death certificate;
- the overall incidence rate of COVID-19 in the regions of Russia according to the Operational Headquarters.
The change in indicators in the period under review is also considered.The analysis made it possible to make some assumptions regarding the dynamics of indicators of the causes of interregional differences.The report is entirely based on official publications of Rosstat and the Operational Headquarters, as well as materials from the Human Mortality Database.