Corona virus and healthcare in Portugal

Healthcare in Portugal

The effectiveness of the health care system in Portugal is well above average in a global comparison.

Probably the most important indicator that can be used to summarize the efficiency of all measures is general life expectancy. In other words, the theoretical age that a newborn child could potentially reach today. At the moment this age in Portugal is 78.3 years for men and 84.5 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 8.8 years lower (men: 70.4 / women: 74.9 years).

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Distribution of the corona virus

Spread of the corona virus in Portugal

Currently: 23.0 new infections per day per 100,000 inhabitants
The inhabitants of Portugal are still noticeably affected by the corona pandemic and the spread of the Sars-Covid-19 virus. The inhabitants of Portugal are also affected by the corona pandemic and the spread of the Sars-Covid-19 virus. By October 24th, 2020, 112440 infected persons and 2276 deaths have been reported in the country. The first confirmed infections were reported on March 3rd, 2020, which is the date of the official notification. An additional 10-14 days are calculated for noticing one's own infection, the doctor's appointment, the laboratory test and, above all, the period from the infection until the first symptoms appear. The country reached its peak so far on October 23rd with 3,270 new infected persons.

Covid 19 virus infected in Portugal
Deaths caused by the Covid19 virus in Portugal

The first graph shows the number of infected persons reported. The second graph shows the number of deaths.

Mortality rate of infected persons

From the previously infected and deceased people, in Portugal results in a mortality rate of 2.0%. However, it should be borne in mind that death occurs an average of 19 days after the first symptoms appear. The time of the actual infection is therefore followed by several days until a person affected has a medical test carried out and the results are available. In order to quantify mortality more precisely, one would therefore have to compare the deaths that have occurred to date with those reported 82,534 infected up to 14 days ago. This gives in Portugal a new mortality rate of 2.8%.

Due to the current corona pandemic, we update the worldwide case numbers daily. A list of all infected and dead people by country can be found on our Corona virus topic page.

Development in the last days

DateInfected Deaths 
Sat 24th2,899+2.6%31+1.4%
Fri 23rd3,270+3.1%16+0.7%
Thu 22nd2,535+2.4%16+0.7%
Wed 21st1,876+1.8%15+0.7%
Tue 20th1,949+2.0%17+0.8%
Mon 19th1,856+1.9%19+0.9%
Sun 18th2,153+2.2%13+0.6%
Sat 17th2,608+2.8%21+1.0%
Fri 16th2,101+2.3%11+0.5%
Thu 15th2,072+2.3%7+0.3%

Weight and size

Body height173 cm163 cm
Weight78.7 kg67.5 kg


PortugalØ worldwide
Diabetes *9.80%8.81%
HIV / Aids0.01%0.04%

* The number of people suffering from diabetes refers only to inhabitants aged between 20 and 79 years.

Child vaccinations

PortugalØ worldwide
Hepatitis B0.10%0.09%
DTP *9.90%8.57%

* DTP is a three times combined basic vaccination against diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough) and tetanus, which should be given to children up to the age of 23 months.
In Portugal, 22.7% of all over 15-year-olds are still smokers.
9 percent of newborns are underweight.

Medical supplies

The medical care provided by doctors and hospitals in Portugal is above average, but is not as good as the average within the EU. The country provides 3.4 hospital beds per 1000 inhabitants. The global mean here is 2.7 beds. Within the EU, 5.6 beds are available for every 1,000 residents.

With about 34,300 physicians in Portugal, there are about 3.34 doctors per 1000 inhabitants. Here again the comparison: worldwide this standard is 1.50 physicians per 1000 inhabitants and in the EU even 3.57.

Through medical care, the mortality of major known diseases can be reduced to an above-average extent. For example, only about 11 percent of all people who suffer from cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases or chylomicron retention disease (CRD) currently die.

Supply with drinking water

About 95 percent of the population has access to an immediately available, running drinking water supply. At least via springs and wells at a distance of no more than 30 minutes or supplied water, 100% of the population is supplied with largely clean drinking water. The population is thus better served than average. In a global comparison, only about 71% of the population has direct access to tested and always available drinking water. Within the European Union, this share is 97%. Only in a few countries does the proportion fall below 10%.


Above data correspond to the information of the World Health Organization, Global Health Workforce Statistics, UNICEF, State of the World's Children, Childinfo, Global Health Observatory Data Repository and OECD. The daily case numbers for the spread of the corona virus come from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).