In the first week of 2021 (January 4th to 10th) there were 3,634 deaths, 563 more deaths than in the last week of 2020 (3,071 deaths) and of 830 more deaths than the 2015-2019 average. Of the total deaths in the first week of 2021, 729 deaths were due to COVID-19, corresponding to 20.1% of the total.
In 2020, there were 123,409 deaths (preliminary data) in Portugal, 11,118 more deaths than in 2019 and an excess mortality of 12,220 deaths when compared with the average of the last five years. Of the total deaths, 61,441 were of men and 61,968 were of women, respectively, 5,269 and 5,849 more deaths than in 2019 and an increase of 5,643 and 6,578 deaths, in comparison with the 2015-2019 average.
In 2020, more than 70% of deaths (88,634) were of people aged 75 or over, of which about 60% (53,088) were aged 85 and over.
Around 1/3 of the deaths occurred in the Norte region. The Área Metropolitana de Lisboa and Centro concentrated around half of the mortality recorded in 2020.
The largest increase in deaths occurred outside the hospital context, 14.4% more deaths than in 2019 and 16.5% above the 2015-2019 average.