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Over 2600 people died by euthanasia in 2019

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Belgium’s Euthanasia Commission received 2,655 declarations of euthanasia last year, a 12.5% increase on 2018, the commission announced on Tuesday.

It said 67.8% of the patients were over the age of 70 years and 39.3% were older than 80.

In the vast majority of cases (83.1%) doctors felt the patient would die within a short period.

The linguistic distribution of the euthanasia cases remained stable, with 77.3% of registration documents coming from Dutch-language areas and 22.7% from French-speaking ones.

The Brussels Times