Portugal recorded "longest period of excess mortality" since 1980

By TPN/Lusa, in News, COVID-19, Health & Environment · 11-03-2021 08:00:00 · 1 Comments

Portugal registered, between the last week of October and the end of January, "the longest period of excess mortality" since 1980, due to Covid-19 and extreme temperatures, reveals the latest state of emergency report.

The government document states that in Portugal, excess deaths from all causes were identified between 28 December and 31 January, estimating 9,084 excess deaths in this period.

According to the report by the State of Emergency Monitoring Structure, coordinated by the Minister of Internal Administration, Eduardo Cabrita, the excess mortality observed since 26 October 2020 totals an excess of 12,874 deaths.

The document reports that between 26 October 2020 and 31 January (14 weeks), was "the longest period of excess mortality since 1980 and with an extraordinary intensity, especially during the month of January".

The report regarding the state of emergency between 31 January and 14 February underlines that preliminary mortality analysis attributed the excess deaths to Covid-19 and extreme temperatures.

According to the State of Emergency Monitoring Structure document, about 69 percent of the deaths recorded between 28 December and 31 January were due to Covid-19 and about 26 percent to extreme cold.

About the deaths from Covid-19, the report states that most of the deaths (87.5 percent) were aged 70 years or older.

The document also indicates that in the period between 31 January and 14 February there was a "strong downward trend" in new cases of Covid-19.

The government also makes an assessment of the total number of ventilators for invasive mechanical ventilation adaptable to the treatment of patients with Covid-19 available in the National Health Service, which went from 1142 at the beginning of the pandemic, in March 2020, to 2161.

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