Portugal recorded the highest excess mortality in the European Union in June, 24% above the average of deaths between 2016 and 2019, more than triple the average in the EU.
According to data released this Wednesday by data Eurostatexcess mortality relative to the same period in other years rose from 12.5% in April in May to 23.9% in June.
This is the highest excess mortality rate for the same period in other years since January and February 2021when the last major wave of Covid-19 was recorded.
Compared to the European Union, mortality in Portugal was always above European figures, 11% in April, 7% in May and 6% in June.
After Portugal, which had already recorded the highest excess mortality in the EU in May, are Spain (+17%) and Estonia (+16%). On the other hand, six countries recorded a decrease in the number of deaths compared to the averages of other years: Hungary, Italy, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Romania and Cyprus.
The month of July is not yet included in these accounts, when mortality in Portugal increased by 21% compared to the same period last year. Last month, 10,657 deaths were recorded, 459 more than in the previous month (+4.5%) and 1,850 more than in July 2021.
The highest mortality peaks in the European Union, associated with Covid-19 in April 2020 (up 25%), in November 2020 (when it was above 40%), in April 2021 (+2%) and in November past (+27%).