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At least another 130,000 people worldwide have died during the coronavirus pandemic, on top of the 440,000 officially recorded deaths from the virus, according to BBC research.

A review of preliminary mortality data from 27 countries shows that in many places the total number of deaths during the pandemic was higher than normal, even when taking the virus into account.

These so-called "excessive deaths," meaning the number of deaths above average, suggest that the human impact of the pandemic is well beyond the official figures reported by governments around the world.

Some are unrecorded Covid-19 victims, but others can be the result of stress on health systems and a variety of other factors.

Check out the animated guide to excessive deaths below and keep scrolling to see how the pandemic has affected countries like Brazil, Italy, South Africa and the UK.

An Animated Guide: What Are Excess Deaths?
Other excess deaths
14,000
Covids deaths
45,200
Take the UK as an example. If 2020 had been an average year, the dotted line in the graphic below shows how many people would likely die per week. This is known as expected deaths and is calculated based on the number of deaths in the past few years.

Expected deaths
Other excess deaths
14,000
Covids deaths
45,200
All deaths in excess of the expected deaths are referred to as excess deaths. During the coronavirus pandemic, many countries recorded significantly more deaths than expected this year.

Total excess deaths
Other excess deaths
14,000
Covids deaths
45,200
Many of these excess deaths can be explained by the number of people officially confirmed to have Covid-19. But in many places this does not explain all the excess deaths.

Covid-19 deaths
Other excess deaths
14,000
Covids deaths
45,200
These other excess deaths may have been caused directly or indirectly by the coronavirus pandemic.

Other excess deaths
Other excess deaths


It is difficult to make a direct comparison of the death toll between different countries. The accuracy of the coronavirus data depends on how many people are being tested for the virus and whether governments include deaths outside of hospitals in their counts.

As the virus has spread around the world, countries have reached different stages of their outbreaks at different times. In some places, the number of excess deaths may increase in the coming weeks and months, especially if the numbers are revised, while in other countries the number of deaths is gradually returning to normal levels.

Analysis of all-cause deaths during the outbreak and comparison with deaths over the same period in previous years can provide a more accurate, albeit preliminary, estimate of the actual death rate from the coronavirus pandemic.

Read our analysis of 27 superfluous deaths and personal stories highlighting some of the tragic aftermath of the pandemic.

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