In weeks 4 and 5 of 2021, there were 4,711 and 3,825 deaths in Portugal, respectively, 1,878 and 1,131 more deaths than the 2015-2019 average. The number of deaths due to COVID-19 in those weeks was 2,036 and 1,597, representing, respectively, 43.2% and 41.8% of the total deaths.
Of the 8,536 deaths in this period, more than 75% corresponded to people aged 75 years and over. However, the largest excess of mortality was seen in those aged 90 years and over (+74.1% compared to the 2015-2019 average).
The Norte, Centro and Área Metropolitana de Lisboa concentrated 82.6% of deaths in weeks 4 and 5. However, in terms of the number of deaths per 100 thousand inhabitants, only Alentejo (130.0), Centro (103.2) and Área Metropolitana de Lisboa (90.5) had values higher than the national (83.0).
In weeks 4 and 5, 65.2% of deaths occurred in hospitals.