Between March 2nd, when the first cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed in Portugal, and November 15th, there were 82,326 deaths in the national territory, an increase of 9,640 deaths in 2020 when compared to the average number of deaths during the same period over the past five years. Of these deaths, 36.0% (3,472) were due to COVID-19. In the last 4 weeks (October 19th to November 15th) there were 1,556 more deaths than the average of the same period of 2015-2019. In that period, there were 1,274 registered deaths from COVID-19, accounting for 81.9% of the total increase.
Of the total deaths recorded between March 2nd and November 15th 40,842 were of men and 41,484 were of women, an increase of 4,197 and 5,443 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 8,227 people aged 75 and over died, of which 6,288 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 15th 2020, 49,301 occurred in a hospital and 33,025 outside a hospital, corresponding to an increase of 3,492 deaths and 6,148 deaths, respectively, when compared to the average number of deaths in the same 2015-2019 period. In that period, 63.8% of the increase of deaths occurred outside a hospital.
However, in the last two weeks (November 2nd to 15th), the greatest increase in deaths occurred in hospitals.