46.5% of the increase of deaths between october 5th and november 1st compared to the average of the last 5 years has been deaths by COVID-19
Between March 2nd, when the first cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed in Portugal, and November 1st, there were 77,249 deaths in the national territory, an increase of 8,686 deaths in 2020 when compared to the average number of deaths during the same period over the past five years. Of these deaths, 29.3% (2,544) were due to COVID-19. In the last 4 weeks (October 5th to November 1st) there were 1,132 more deaths than the average of the same period of 2015-2019. In that period, there were 526 registered deaths from COVID-19 (46.5%).
Of the total deaths recorded between March 2nd and November 1st 38,262 were of men and 38,987 were of women, an increase of 3,732 and 4,953 deaths, respectively, compared to the average of deaths observed in the same period between 2015-2019.
More than 70% of deaths were of people aged 75 years or over. Compared to the average number of deaths observed in the same 2015-2019 period, another 7,449 people aged 75 and over died, of which 5,802 were aged 85 and over.
The largest increase in the number of deaths in relation to the 2015-2019 average was registered in the Norte region, with the exception of the last week of June, the first of July, the last of September and the first of October, when this increase was higher in the region Área Metropolitana de Lisboa.
Of the total deaths recorded between March 2nd and November 1st 2020, 46,125 occurred in a hospital and 31,124 outside a hospital, corresponding to an increase of 2,868 deaths and 5,817 deaths, respectively, when compared to the average number of deaths in the same 2015-2019 period. More than 2/3 of the increase of deaths between March 2nd and November 1st, compared to the average of the last 5 years, occurred outside a hospital.
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