In 2020, 6,993 deaths were recorded by covid-19, but the 5,805 deaths in January - the most tragic month in Portugal so far -, added to 3,558 fatalities in February and 279 in the first 10 days of March, mean that 2021 account for more than half of the total for this period (16,635). The data were requested by Lusa to the Directorate-General for Health (DGS), on the day that marks the first year of the first death in Portugal caused by the new coronavirus, on 16 March, 2020.

At the same time, the entity led by Graça Freitas specified that, since the beginning of the pandemic until the 12th of March, there were 4,611 accumulated deaths in Portugal by covid-19 of people residing in homes (deaths occurring within homes or in hospitals) , of which 802 in the North, 1,263 in the Center, 1,909 in Lisbon and the Tagus Valley, 526 in the Alentejo and 111 in the Algarve.

The covid-19 pandemic caused at least 2,654,089 deaths worldwide, resulting from more than 119.7 million cases of infection, according to a report made by the French agency AFP. In Portugal, 16,694 people died from 814,513 confirmed cases of infection, according to the most recent bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health.