The number of suicides in Japan, which has been declining for a decade amid government actions to combat the phenomenon, rose again in 2020 during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, Western media reported, citing data from the Japanese Ministry of Health.
According to preliminary data from the department, in 2020, 20,919 Japanese residents committed suicide, which is 3.7% more than in 2019. Meanwhile, according to the media, during the same period, according to official data, 3,460 people have died from the coronavirus in the country.
A particularly significant increase in the suicide rate was noted among women and children. Over the eight months of 2020 – until November – more than 300 schoolchildren died as a result of attempted suicide, a 30% increase compared to the same period in 2019, Interfax writes.
Earlier, psychologists in various countries warned that against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic, the suicide rate in the world could increase, in particular, due to stress, economic turmoil and family problems, the media noted.
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