Portugal now accounts for 74,029 confirmed cases of coronavirus infection since the beginning of the pandemic, which represents 425 new cases in 24 hours, announced the General Directorate of Health (DGS) this Monday, September 28th. Yesterday 665 new cases had been reported, down from the previous day.
The number of fatalities in Portugal due to the new coronavirus increased to 1,957, four more deaths compared to yesterday, day when nine fatalities were reported.
The number of cases is the lowest since September 15, and the figures announced on Mondays are usually lower. The number of deaths is the lowest in five days.
Despite this positive trend, the number of active cases reached the highest daily record ever and above 24 thousand. This indicator results from the subtraction of deaths and recovered cases from the total number of confirmed cases.
A daily average of the last seven days in terms of new cases it is 690, down from 718.1 the day before. In the last 14 days Portugal accumulated 91.6 new cases per 100 thousand inhabitants. This indicator, widely used internationally to measure the spread of the virus, dropped for the second day in a row.
Lisbon and Tagus Valley with 44% of cases
In the Lisbon and Tagus Valley (LVT) region 188 new cases were registered (252 yesterday), which represents 44% of the total new cases in the country. In the North, the number of new cases reached 168 (246 the day before), which corresponds to 40% do total.
Taking into account the number of infected and fatal victims, the lethality rate dropped to 2.64%, which corresponds to the lowest value since April 6 and compares with the 4.37% peak recorded in early June.
With regard to recovered patients, there are now 47,884 cases, 237 more than reported yesterday.
The number of active cases increased by the 44th day, to 24,188, an increase of 184, which represents 32.67% of the total confirmed cases.
This is the highest record of active cases ever surpassing the previous record of 24,065 set on May 15.
Serious patients and hospitalizations increase again to May highs
Data from the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) indicate that of the more than 74 thousand confirmed cases, 659 are admitted to hospitals, 24 more than the day before (635), which represents the highest number since May 15.
With regard to patients admitted to the Intensive Care Units (ICU), 98 patients are registered, 9 more than the day before and one maximum of May 19.
Of the four new fatalities, one was recorded in Lisbon and the Tagus Valley and three in the North.
According to the DGS daily bulletin, there are 884 deaths in the North, 754 in the region of Lisbon and the Tagus Valley, 262 in the Center and 23 in the Alentejo. The Algarve has 19 deceased, the Azores has 15 deaths and Madeira remains without mortal victims to mourn.