Published: 5.5.2022 20:44
In 2021, 17 stillbirths and 35 first-year deaths were reported in Iceland, a total of 52, against 28 in 2020 in the island nation of 366,000 people. The rate of stillbirths almost doubled compared with the 2011-2020 average. In 2020 there were 2 stillbirths per 1,000 live births, but in 2021 there were 3.5. First-year infant deaths more than doubled, an average of 3.5 per 1,000 to 7.2. Taken together the 2021 figure was 10.7 per 1,000, an 82% rise on the 10-year average of 5.9 per 1,000. These figures were reported by Icelandic daily Frettin, based on new data from Statistics Iceland.
Studies have indicated a possible relationship between stillbirths and COVID-19 infection while others have found no relationship. In Iceland, almost 6,000 cases of COVID-19 were reported in 2020 and 21,000 in 2021, almost a third of those in December as Omicron arrived. The first year of COVID 2020, saw no increase in stillbirths or newborn deaths above the average.