Men’s life expectancy in the United Kingdom decreased for the first time on record, indicating how the pandemic has increased mortality in the country.
According to the Office for National Statistics, males born between 2018 and 2020 can expect to live for 79 years. That is seven weeks less than those born in the previous two years, and it is the first dip since the early 1980s when the statistics office began accumulating data. Women’s life expectancy has stayed stable at 82.9 years.
The revelation is only the latest example of the pandemic’s massive death toll in the United Kingdom. Over 136,000 people have died in the country as a result of coronavirus, the greatest number in Europe.
Pamela Cobb, an ONS statistician, emphasized that the calculations assumed that the exceptionally high levels of present mortality would be sustained across a person’s lifespan. “It is feasible that life expectancy will return to an improving trend after the pandemic is over,” she said. Males in England have the greatest life expectancy among the United Kingdom’s component nations, with 79.3 years, followed by Northern Ireland and Wales. Scotland has the lowest life expectancy, with men living an average of 76.8 years.