Belgium faces downtrend in life expectancy by 15 months due to COVID-19: Reports

Brussels: The life expectancy rate in Belgium scores better than the European Union average, which is 80.4 years, with a life expectancy rate of 80.8 years from birth.

As per the EU Commission report, the life expectancy has decreased sharply in 2020 by over 15 months due to COVID-19.

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Before the pandemic in 2019, Belgium’s life expectancy was 82.1 years, while the European Union average in 2019 was 81.3.

According to a WHO report from 2019, although Belgium is above the EU average, but lags behind many western European countries.

Moreover, further to this, inequalities persist. The least-educated men and women are likely to live five years less than the most educated. This is one of the largest gaps in Western Europe.

As per to the European Union Commission report, the individuals with lower incomes are reportedly less likely to admit they are healthy compared to people with higher incomes.

Along with this, the European Union statistics reveal that the life expectancy all over the Europe has gone up, on average, by over two years per decade from the 1960s.

Yet the latest data from the EU Commission shows that the life expectancy stalled or even declined in some of the member states.

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In addition, some of the member states in Western Europe recently saw their life expectancy rebound to pre-pandemic levels, but the other nations, mostly in Eastern Europe, it felt the impact of the pandemic first in 2021, so rebound levels have yet to kick in the available data.

Furthermore, the data suggests that while Belgium is doing better than the European Union average, it lags behind other Western European nations.

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