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Life expectancy drops in EU nations amid struggles with COVID-19

Life expectancy drops in EU nations amid struggles with COVID-19

The European Union has seen life expectancy drop in 2020 as nations struggled with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the bloc said, according to an Associated Press report.

According to the EU’s statistical agency Eurostat, Spain had the biggest drop in average lifespan with a loss of 1.6 years compared to statistics from 2019. Bulgaria followed with a loss of 1.5 years and Lithuania, Poland and Romania all saw a drop of 1.4 years of life expectancy. 

“Following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic last year, life expectancy at birth fell in the vast majority of the EU member states,” Eurostat said on Wednesday. 

Denmark and Finland were the only EU nations to see a rise in life expectancy with an uptick of 0.1 years. 

Ireland was the only EU country that didn’t report data.