Spain’s total number of deaths hit 492,930 in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic, up by 74,227 or 17.7 per cent, from 2019.
This data was published on Thursday by the country’s National Statistics Institute.
In terms of months, the highest increases coincided with the first and second waves of the pandemic, reaching 56.8 per cent in March and 78.2 per cent in April as the first wave hit Spain.
Also, 21 per cent hit the country in October and 21.6 per cent in November during the second wave, the data showed.
All 17 autonomous communities of Spain saw more deaths in the past year, with Madrid registering the highest increase of 41.2 per cent.
Madrid’s Regional President, Isabel Diaz Ayuso, has been against strict lockdown measures.
Following Madrid were Castilla-La Mancha with 32.3 per cent, Castilla-Leon with 26 per cent and Catalonia with 23.5 per cent.
Due to more deaths, Spain’s life expectancy fell by 1.24 years to an average of 82.34 years, the data showed.
Meanwhile, the number of births in Spain was 339,206 in 2020, down by 5.9 per cent.
The largest monthly decrease came in December, with 21.5 per cent, nine months after the country imposed a national lockdown.