There are five times more deaths associated with covid than a year ago

Mortality from covid-19 decreased this April compared to the beginning of the year but has been much higher than last year’s spring. Until this Thursday, the 28th, data from the General Directorate of Health show that 547 people died this month in Portugal with covid-19 as the main diagnosis.

In April 2021, after the peak in mortality at the beginning of the year, there were 117 deaths. Mortality in March had already been higher than in 2021, but not nearly five times higher than it was this month. In March, 645 people died with covid-19: a year ago, in the same month, there were 502 deaths.

The DGS has already clarified that it is only counting deaths in which the primary cause is covid-19. Age data is no longer provided, but last week epidemiologist Manuel Carmo Gomes told SOL that most of the fatalities are people over 80, most of them 90.

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