In weeks 6 and 7 of 2021, there were 3,349 and 2,824 deaths in Portugal, respectively, 696 and 175 more deaths than the 2015-2019 average in those weeks. The number of deaths due to COVID-19 in those two weeks was 1,057 and 612, representing, respectively, 31.6% and 21.7% of the total deaths.
Of the 6,173 deaths in this period, 74.3% corresponded to people aged 75 years and over. The greatest increase in the number of deaths was seen in those aged 90 years and over, 248 more deaths (+21.6%) compared to the 2015-2019 average. However, it was in the age group 70 to 74 years that the largest relative increase was registered, 28.9% more than the 2015-2019 average, corresponding to 117 more deaths.
The Norte, Centro and Área Metropolitana de Lisboa concentrated 82.4% of deaths in weeks 6 and 7. However, in terms of the number of deaths per 100 thousand inhabitants, only Alentejo (85.5), Centro (70.5) and Área Metropolitana de Lisboa (63.5) had values higher than the national (59.9).
In weeks 6 and 7, 65.3% of deaths occurred in hospitals.