In weeks 8 and 9 (February 22nd to March 7th), there were 2,506 and 2,299 deaths in Portugal, respectively, 8 and 174 fewer deaths than the 2015-2019 average. The number of deaths due to COVID-19 was 328 and 214, representing, respectively, 13.1% and 9.3% of the total deaths.
Of the 4,805 deaths recorded between February 22nd and March 7th, 71.3% corresponded to people aged 75 years and over. Compared to the 2015-2019 average, the number of deaths decreased in all age groups, with the exception of the age groups 65 to 69 years and 70 to 74 years. The greatest reduction occurred in the age group 80 to 84 years old, with 108 deaths less than the 2015-2019 average (-11.7%).
The Norte, Centro and Área Metropolitana de Lisboa concentrated 81.7% of deaths in weeks 8 and 9. However, in terms of the number of deaths per 100 thousand inhabitants, only Alentejo (63.9), Centro (53.0) and Área Metropolitana de Lisboa (47.4) had values higher than the national (46.6).
In weeks 8 and 9, 63.4% of deaths occurred in hospitals.