Mortality in Portugal between 8 and 21 March remained below average for the same period in the last five years, with deaths attributed to Covid-19 decreasing.
According to data from the National Statistics Institute published this Thursday, between 8 and 14 March, 2,128 people died and between 15 and 21 March, 2,091 people died, minus 9.2 percent and minus 8.5%, respectively, than the average for the same weeks between 2015 and 2019.
In the first week, 6.1% of deaths were attributed to Covid-19, number that went down to 4.3% the following week. Of the 4,219 people who died in this period, 70.4% were 75 years old or more, with a decrease of 14.3% in deaths of people between 85 and 89 years old compared to the average of the same weeks between 2015 and 2019.
More than 80% of deaths occurred in the North, Center and Metropolitan Area of Lisbon, with Alentejo, Center and Algarve presenting numbers of deaths per hundred thousand inhabitants higher than the national value of this indicator, which was 41. In these two weeks, 62 , 9% of deaths occurred in hospital establishments.
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Between 8 and 14 March, the number of deaths was below the 2015-2019 average in all regions except Lisbon, which also dropped below that average the following week.
The number of deaths in Portugal rose from 28 December, starting to decrease from the week of 25 to 31 January, which was the week with the most deaths attributed to covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic (2,036). The Covid-19 pandemic has already caused 16,848 deaths in Portugal, among the 821,722 confirmed cases of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, according to the most recent bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health.
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