The heat wave has “probably” increased 11,000 deaths in France

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Travelers particularly prefer the heat. Here on the reception area, very mineral, of Hellemmes-Ronchin, on the outskirts of Lille. July 2022.

September 6, 2022 at 2:19 p.m.,

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The first numbers have fallen. They are still provisional but they already underline the link between excess mortality and high summer heat. According to a report by the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (Insee) published on September 2, the three episodes of heat waves this summer, which occurred from June 15 to 22 ; July 15-18 and July 31 through mid-August will result in the deaths of an additional 11,000 people.

All-cause deaths peak sharply on July 19 […] and total deaths for July (52,400) are 13 higher % to those of July 2019 (46,877) », analyzes INSEE. In June 2022, the number of deaths was already higher by 4 % to those that occurred in June 2019. A first peak in deaths from all causes was observed on June 19, 2022.

The high level of deaths from all causes in July is likely explained by the heat wave this summer »

In order to follow the evolution of mortality in France, the organization favored the comparison with the year 2019, a period without an epidemic of Covid-19. But the overall assessment remains incomplete for the moment. The death toll is likely to be soon revised upwards », warns INSEE. August 2022 data is still incomplete and will not be commented on until the end of September. A specific assessment of the impact of the 2022 heat waves on mortality will be published by Public Health France in September, taking into account all the summer heat waves, but also the concomitant Covid-19 epidemic. »assures Insee.

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