Portugal registers record-high deaths in January: 28% justified as due to Covid

January’s grim death toll in Portugal of 19, 452 people was the highest monthly figure in the last 12 years.

On just one day (January 20) no less than 746 people died – a figure that exceeds by over 50% the highest daily death-toll registered since 2009.

Roughly 28% of January’s deaths were ‘justified’ as due to Covid.

The others, explain Lusa, were either considered to have been ‘from natural causes’ (90.3%, or 17,068), ‘subject to investigation (9% or 1,709) or due to ‘external causes’ (0.6% or 114).

None of the reports today touch on the subject of ‘collateral deaths’ (click here).

The data supplied by SICO (the information system on death certificates) showed that there hadn’t been a single day in January since 2009 in which more than 500 people died. This year however, since January 5, there wasn’t a single day in which less than 520 people died.

Deaths considered ‘in excess’ numbered 2,560 in “just the last week of January”, adds Lusa.

Most occurred in hospitals and healthcare institutions (12,048), 4,197 took place in people’s own homes, 2,580 in ‘another place’ and 68 in ‘places unknown’.

For a country with one of Europe’s most aged populations and traditionally showing low birthrates – even lower than usual since the start of the pandemic – it’s easy to see how demographically devastating Covid-19 is proving for Portugal.