‘Invisible killer’ responsible for 5,000 deaths in Portugal

Nearly 5,000 premature deaths caused by fine particle air pollution were registered in Portugal in 2019, according to the European Environment Agency (EEA).

Taking EU countries into account, the ‘invisible killer’ accounts for around 307,000 deaths per year.

The EEA adds that half of these fatalities could be avoided if the latest air quality guidelines from the World Health Organisation were followed by EU members.