2,973 more deaths since March in Portugal compared to 2019

in News · 05-07-2020 10:00:00 · 0 Comments

The Minister of Health said that there was an excess of mortality in Portugal of 2,973 deaths, plus 9 percent, between March, at the beginning of the state of emergency due to the covid-19, and June, compared to the same period in 2019.

Marta Temido, pointed out that the excess of overall mortality by all ages and for all causes was 9 percent more, or 2,973 deaths, from March to 21 June, 2020.

This excess of mortality is compared to the same period last year, the ministry's source explained to Lusa.

Between January and 21 June, the overall excess mortality for all ages was 1,704 deaths, plus 3 percent, taking into account the average of the years 2015-2019, added the minister.

The first official death by covid-19 occurred on 16 March.

According to the minister, from 24 March to 13 April the number of deaths from all causes and of all ages was several times “above the baseline and several times exceeded the 95 percent / 99 percent confidence limit”.

“4 April was the one with the highest number of deaths for any age group in this period. From 14 April to 27 April, mortality remained as expected. From 27 April to 22 May it was frequently below the baseline”, he stressed.

The minister pointed out that from 23 to 30 May, "during the heat peak, mortality in general rose, reaching the 95 percent confidence limit on 29 May".

According to the released data, overall mortality for all ages remained in June below the baseline, “except for 17 June, when 307 deaths were recorded, versus 207 at the baseline, remaining, however, as expected”.

The minister stressed that these data will soon be available on the website of the Directorate-General for Health.


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