In weeks 2 and 3 of 2021, there were 4,530 and 4,898 deaths in Portugal, respectively, 1,714 and 2,032 more deaths than the 2015-2019 average. The number of deaths due to COVID-19 in those weeks was 1,103 and 1,693, representing, respectively, 24.3% and 34.6% of the total deaths.
Of the 9,428 deaths recorded in this period, 4,738 were of men and 4,690 were of women, respectively, 1,945 and 1,801 more deaths, respectively, than the average number of deaths in the same weeks of 2015-2019.
In the same period, more than 75% of deaths corresponded to people aged 75 years and over. However, the largest excess of mortality was seen in those aged 90 years and over (+87.9% compared to the 2015-2019 average).
The Norte, Centro and Área Metropolitana de Lisboa concentrated 82.6% of deaths in weeks 2 and 3. However, in terms of the number of deaths per 100 thousand inhabitants, only Alentejo (140.5) and Centro (115.7) had values higher than the national (91.6).
In weeks 2 and 3, 63.1% of deaths occurred in hospital.