This Monday Portugal registered 425 more cases in the last 24 hours, the lowest daily number since 15 September, and four more deaths. Since the outbreak began, 74,029 cases of infection have been detected and 1957 people have died. On September 15, four deaths and 425 new ones were also reported.
The figures, released this Monday in the epidemiological bulletin of the Directorate-General for Health (DGS), account for more than 237 recovered people, increasing the total recoveries to 47,884. Excluding these cases and deaths, there are 24,188 active cases in Portugal, 184 more than the previous day.
There are still 24 more hospitalized people to register, for a total of 659, 98 of whom are in intensive care (nine more than on Sunday).
These figures are the highest since mid-May: it is necessary to go back to May 15th to find a higher number of hospitalized patients (673), with 112 infected in intensive care at that time. The 98 infected in intensive care units are a maximum since 19 May (101).
This Monday, during the press conference on the situation of the covid-19 pandemic in Portugal, the Assistant Secretary of State for Health and António Lacerda Sales revealed that 97.3% of active cases are currently recovering. at home and 2.7% are hospitalized – 0.4% in intensive care units and 2.3% in the ward.
The overall lethality rate of covid-19 in Portugal is currently 2.6%, rising to 13.6% over 70 years of age. Three of the four deaths in the last 24 hours were recorded in the North, with the fourth death being in Lisbon and the Tagus Valley.
The Lisbon region continues to be the one with the highest cumulative number of cases in Portugal, with 37,816 infections and 754 deaths by covid-19. In the last 24 hours, 188 new cases were detected there. This is followed by the North region, which accounts for the highest number of deaths, with 884 fatalities in 26,575 identified cases (168 since Sunday).
At the Center, 43 new cases were detected, in a total of 6060 cases of infection and 262 deaths. The Alentejo has 1494 cases (plus seven) and 23 deaths and the Algarve has registered 1600 infected (19 more) and 19 deaths.
Madeira, with 217 cases and no deaths, and the Azores, with 267 cases and 15 deaths, had no new notification this Monday.
This Monday was also the usual weekly update of the distribution of cases by municipality. As in the past week, Lisbon is the municipality with the highest number of new cases, with 467 in the last week – 19 more than the previous weekly count – for a total of 6517.
The list of municipalities with the highest number of new infections follows Sintra with 467 more cases (5441 total), Loures (179 more, 3092 total), Cascais with 156 more (2036 in total) and Guimarães, the municipality with more new infections detected in the north, with 142 for a total of 1302.
Amadora (124 new cases, 3038 total), Vila Nova de Gaia (121, 2275 total), Oeiras (122, 1725 total), Odivelas (more 117, 2209 accumulated) and Almada (97, 1250 total) close the list of the ten municipalities with the most new cases registered in the last week.
There are 12 schools with outbreaks identified
The general director of Health, Graça Freitas revealed that, so far, there are 12 schools with identified outbreaks of the new coronavirus: five in the North, one in the Center, six in Lisbon and the Tagus Valley and none in the Alentejo and Algarve. In total, there are “78 people implicated as positive cases for SARS-Cov-2 who later originated contacts and people in isolation in a number other than this”.
There are currently 51 active outbreaks in homes: ten in the North, two in the Center, 33 in Lisbon and the Tagus Valley, three in the Alentejo and three in the Algarve.
With regard to outbreaks in hospitals, Graça Freitas said that there are “at the moment some” in health institutions in Guimarães, Paredes, Póvoa de Varzim, Vila Nova da Galé, Guarda, Leiria, Almada and Lisbon, affecting mainly health professionals. Cheers. “The health authorities are monitoring closely and, at this moment, the situation is controlled and identified as much as possible and they are already observing whether or not there are transmission chains outside the establishments where the cases occurred,” he said.
The Secretary of State for Health revealed, in turn, that there are, to date, a total of 4970 health professionals infected with the new coronavirus, including 629 doctors, 1435 nurses, 1401 operational assistants, 166 technical assistants, 167 senior diagnostic and therapeutic technicians and another 1172, with 4108 recovered – “a percentage greater than 82% recovered”.
First phase of influenza vaccination
António Lacerda Sales pointed out that the first phase of influenza vaccination begins this Monday, this being the first time that the campaign “starts in September with a view to minimizing the co-circulation of the seasonal flu virus and SARS- CoV-2 ”. The 335 thousand doses of this first phase are intended for health professionals, pregnant women and elderly people living in nursing homes. The second vaccination phase starts on October 19th and is also aimed at chronic patients.
The Secretary of State also took the opportunity to thank the officials of the professional orders of Nurses, Pharmacists and Doctors, who “joined the Ministry of Health, through the Directorate-General for Health, in the development and financial support of a communication campaign. which aims to ensure that none of the identified risk groups remains unvaccinated this year ”.
The two million vaccines will arrive in tranches, so “people will not be vaccinated all at once”. “It is an organizational process of primary health care that will run smoothly until the end of the year”, concluded António Lacerda Sales.
The Secretary of State also pointed out that “in addition to vaccination in health centers, this year around 10% of vaccines reserved for the population over 65 years old can be administered in 2000 pharmacies across the country, thanks also to an effort and commitment of pharmacy associations in a complementary regime to the National Health Service ”.
Regarding the first phase of vaccination against influenza, Graça Freitas stressed that in homes “the logistics are more complex”. “Health centers organize themselves with homes and with long-term care units to vaccinate residents and professionals, and teams from the National Health Service travel to these homes,” he said, stressing that in some cases they are the nurses from their own homes administering the vaccines and that this “is a gradual process”, so “It is normal” flu vaccines are not yet available for all residential institutions for the elderly.