Deaths in Bulgaria in the first seven months of 2019 and 2020: A comparison

For much of the first six months of 2020, it was striking that the number of deaths in Bulgaria was lower than in January to the end of June 2019. But in July 2020 alone compared with July 2019, that trend was reversed.

Striking, of course, for the fact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the fears about the death toll it would mean in Bulgaria.

(Photo of the main gate of Sofia Central Cemetery: Edal Anton Lefterov)

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Clive Leviev-Sawyer

Clive Leviev-Sawyer is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of The Sofia Globe. He is the author of the book Bulgaria: Politics and Protests in the 21st Century (Riva Publishers, 2015), and co-author of the book Bulgarian Jews: Living History (The Organization of the Jews in Bulgaria 'Shalom', 2018). He is also the author of Power: A Political Novel, available via, and, on the lighter side, Whiskers And Other Short Tales of Cats (2021), also available via Amazon. He has translated books and numerous texts from Bulgarian into English.