Between March 22nd to April 4th (weeks 12 and 13), there were 2,047 and 2,106 deaths in Portugal, respectively, 172 and 60 fewer deaths than the 2015-2019 average. The number of deaths due to COVID-19 was 59 and 42, representing, respectively, 2.9% and 2.0% of the total deaths.
Of the 4,153 deaths recorded between March 22th and April 4th, 72.1% corresponded to people aged 75 years and over. Compared to the 2015-2019 average, the number of deaths has decreased in all age groups. The greatest relative reduction was observed in the age group 65 to 69 years (-9.3%).
The regions Norte, Centro and Área Metropolitana de Lisboa accounted for 80.8% of deaths. In terms of the number of deaths per 100 thousand inhabitants, the regions Norte (34.8) and Área Metropolitana de Lisboa (39.4) had, in these two weeks, values lower than the national (40.4).
In this period, 62.6% of deaths occurred in hospitals.
During the first year of the pandemic, between March 2020 and February 2021, there were 134,278 deaths in Portugal, 20.8% more (23,089 deaths) than the 2015-2019 average for the same period. The number of deaths by COVID-19 was 16,351, corresponding to 12.2% of the total and 70.8% of the excess mortality observed.