111 home users have died from Covid-19 in the Algarve

It is now one year since the first death in Portugal caused by the new coronavirus

111 people living in homes in the Algarve have died, victims of Covid-19, since the beginning of the pandemic. The data, referring to March 12, were released by the General Directorate of Health to the Lusa Agency. 

One of the first homes with an outbreak of Covid-19 in the region was the Santa Casa da Misericordia de Boliqueime, still in April of last year, where the first deaths were also registered.

Since then, there have been cases of users from homes infected with the new coronavirus in various structures all over the Algarve.

These 111 deaths, revealed by the DGS, took place both inside homes and in hospitals. The region with the highest number of deaths of users of homes is Lisbon and Vale do Tejo (1909), followed by the Center (1.263), North (802) and Alentejo (526).

These data were requested by Lusa to the Directorate-General for Health (DGS), on the day that marks the first year of the first death in Portugal caused by the new coronavirus, on 16 March.

Moreover, the number of deaths by Covid-19 in Portugal from the beginning of the year until 10 March amounts to 9.642, which corresponds to 58% of the total number of fatalities since the beginning of the pandemic, according to official data.

In 2020, 6.993 deaths were registered by Covid-19, but the 5.805 deaths in January – the most tragic month in Portugal so far -, added to the 3.558 fatalities in February and the 279 in the first 10 days of March, mean that 2021 account for more than half of the total for this period (16.635).