Portugal once again recorded an excess mortality rate in June, in line with the European Union (EU), the National Statistics Institute (INE) revealed today, citing data from the European statistics office Eurostat.
The excess mortality indicator calculated by Eurostat compares the number of deaths recorded each month in the EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland with the average monthly number of deaths for the period 2016-2019 (which is equal to 100).
By definition, excess mortality occurs when the number of deaths from all causes is higher than would be expected in a given period. The higher the value, the greater the number of additional deaths compared to those in the reference period.
According to the monthly vital statistics released today by the INE, which cite data from the first half of the year from Eurostat, the EU once again had an overall excess mortality rate in June (as in March, April and May) (the average figure in June was 102.5 deaths).
Of the 27 EU member states, 18 had excess mortality in June, including Portugal (106.6), which in the first half of this year only had no excess mortality in January (96.9 deaths).