Date: February 08, 2021 10:35AM
Top countries in deaths per 100,000 of population:
The standings today, Feb 8, 2021:
First Place: San Marino - 204.23
2nd Place: Belgium - 187.26
3rd Place: Slovenia - 175.25
4th Place: United Kingdom - 169.47
5th Place: Czechia - 162.20
6th Place: Italy - 151.04
7th Place: Bosnia & Herzegovina - 143.66
8th Place: USA! - 141.65
9th Place: North Macedonia - 140.38
10th Place: Portugal - 137.70
18th Place: Spain - 131.38
21st Place: Sweden - 118.97
22nd Place: France - 118.10
44th Place: Germany - 74.41
51rd Place: Canada - 56.02
65th Place: Denmark - 38.24
Top 30 countries are in the >1 in every 1000 dead from Covid club.
A note on the social effects of lockdowns:
Early on during Covid, it was wondered whether or not lockdowns would increase the suicide rate, among other social ills. So far, the data from Canada indicates that the suicide rate did NOT increase in 2020:https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/suicides-alberta-bc-saskatchewan-canada-2020-no-increase-1.5902908
~~~~But Black pointed to recently released data out of Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan that suggest suicide rates actually declined in 2020. He also noted coroners in Quebec and the chief medical examiner in Newfoundland and Labrador have recently said there were no increases in suicide in those provinces last year.
Data from Ontario and other provinces is still forthcoming, and Black cautions that counting suicide deaths always comes with some degree of uncertainty, as investigations into both cause of death and a person's intentions can take a long time.~~~~
From the article, here are Alberta’s(pop. about 4.4 million) suicide numbers for the past 5 years:
2016 - 609
2017 - 647
2018 - 630
2019 - 601*
2020 - 468*
Before cheering this on, there are many caveats and complications to consider. For example, “At the same time, there has been a significant rise in the number of overdose-related deaths during the pandemic.” Also, what are the numbers for domestic disturbances?
Keep your eye out for the Covid variants. That’s the story going forward. There are more than sixty known cases of the variants in Alberta as of today.