Monthly Statistical Bulletin, May 2022

2022 Edition 32 MONTHLY STATISTICAL BULLETIN In 2020, there was higher and earlier mortality from COVID-19 in men In 2020, COVID-19 caused 7,1251 deaths in Portugal. This corresponded to 5.8% of the total in the country, making this new disease the second leading cause of death in that year. Mortality from COVID-19 appears more associated: • To age: COVID-19 mortality rates increase from age 55 and reach a maximum among people aged 85 and over; • With a period of the year: 64.0% of deaths caused by COVID-19 (4,558 deaths) occurred in November and December 2020; • To gender: the overall mortality rate (69.0 deaths per 100,000 residents) is the result of disparate contributions: » 76.4 per 100,000 in men; » 62.5 per 100,000 in women. The latter outcome not only relates to mortality, but also the average age at death, which was higher in women (83.4 years) than in men (79.9 years). 1 The values presented are based on the underlying cause of death, i.e., the disease that initiated the chain of pathological events leading to death. World Health Organization (WHO) standards dictated that the underlying cause of death in COVID-19 deaths should not be classified as part of "respiratory diseases", but rather under the special purpose codes U00 to U99 of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10). 2019 and 2020 deaths, highlighting COVID-19 as an emerging cause of death 112,334 116,595 7,125 0 20,000 40,000 60,000 80,000 100,000 120,000 140,000 2019 2020 Other causes COVID-19