Death rate in N.B. was the highest in Canada during the last six months of 2021 – CBC

New figures show COVID-19 outbreaks led to a record number of deaths in December

Jun 10, 2022

New Brunswick set a grim record for deaths in the days before and after Christmas 2021 as the COVID-19 Delta and Omicron variants spread widely through the province, according to new estimates released by Statistics Canada.

New Brunswick officially recorded just 37 deaths from COVID-19 in the last five weeks of 2021, but according to new Statistics Canada modelling,1,129 people died during the period — 327 more than would normally be expected at that time of year.

That pushed New Brunswick’s “excess death” rate during the final six months of 2021 to the highest among provinces in Canada, an issue that needs investigation and explaining according to an infectious disease specialist at the University of Toronto.

“The level of excess mortality in New Brunswick during that period is enormous,” said associate professor Tara Moriarty. “And if it’s not COVID killing people, what the hell is it?”

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