In Portugal, in the last 24 hours, 21 more people died from the covid-19 pandemic; since April 3, there were not so many daily deaths. At the time, there were 37. The cases also increased again: an additional 2,608 infections were confirmed. For three consecutive days, the country has broken daily records of cases.
According to the epidemiological bulletin of the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) of this Friday (16 October), in total, since the pandemic began, 95 902 people have been infected, 56 066 recovered (985 more) and 2 149 fatalities in Portugal.
At this time, there are 37 687 active Portuguese patients to be monitored by health authorities, 1 602 more than yesterday. 97% are receiving treatment at home.
The majority of those infected in the last 24 hours are located in the northern region (over 1,350 – 51.8% of the total) and in Lisbon and the Tagus Valley (725 – 27.8%). Next are the center (plus 323), Alentejo (150), Algarve (44), Madeira (12) and the Azores (four).
Portugal crossed, for the first time, the barrier of two thousand daily cases of infection with the new coronavirus this Wednesday, when 2,072 infections were reported. This number was exceeded on Thursday (2 101 cases) and exceeded again this Friday. At a press conference, the Secretary of State for Health, Diogo Serras Lopes, spoke at a “growing trend for an increase in cases, not only in Portugal, but also in other countries”.
Today’s DGS bulletin also indicates that health authorities are monitoring 51,784 contacts of infected people (183 more than yesterday).
Majority of deaths between the north and Greater Lisbon
The 21 deaths recorded in the last 24 hours are distributed among those from the north (ten), Lisbon and Vale do Tejo (nine) and the center (two). Of these, 20 took place in a hospital environment and one in a home, informed the general director of Health, Graça Freitas, at a press conference.
The fatal victims are 15 men and six women. Among these, there were 13 people over 80, four between 70 and 79, three between 60 and 69 and one between 40 and 49.
The country’s overall fatality rate is now 2.24%, rising to 12.2% in the case of people over 70 years old – the main fatal victims.
Pressure on hospitals increases, but we still haven’t reached April levels
The appeasement messages from the Government and health authorities are repeated: there is hospital capacity and the National Health Service (SNS) works in a network. That is, when a hospital no longer has inpatient beds, the patient is transferred to another in the same area.
The statements made following news about the lack of responsiveness in some hospitals in the capital and the cancellation of surgeries scheduled in the north due to cases of covid are in line with what the figures say. Hospitalizations for covid have increased at a daily rate of about 30 more beds occupied, but the figures remain lower than in April, at the peak of the pandemic.
On average, in the last week, 890 people in Portugal are hospitalized per day. In April, in the week of 15 to 21 (the worst since the beginning of the pandemic), the average was 1237 daily admissions. So far, the maximum number of people hospitalized due to covid-19 was 1302, on April 16.
This Friday, 1015 patients are hospitalized, that is, 22 more than the previous day. In intensive care there are now 144 people – five more than the day before.
The pressure is essentially on health services in the northern regions and in Lisbon and the Tagus Valley, where there are more cases of infection. With regard to the latter, this Thursday, the Regional Health Administration (ARS) indicated that of the 517 hospital nursing beds dedicated to patients with covid-19, 420 were occupied. In the Intensive Care Units, there were 64 patients, which corresponds to 66% of the total available beds (97).
In a statement sent to the newsrooms, the ARS of Lisbon and Vale do Tejo also said that the contingency plan in force for the management of hospital beds “provides for three levels of response” and may “increase successively”. In the last few days, a centralized management group has also been created that will “ensure the proper articulation” of the management of the beds.
39.2 million cases worldwide
The new coronavirus has infected more than 39.2 million people worldwide as of this Friday and has caused 1 103 708 deaths, according to official data, updated at 9:32. There are now 29.4 million recovered.
In total, the United States of America is the country with the highest concentration of cases (8,219,088) and deaths (222,754). Regarding the number of infected people accumulated in the world, India (7,372,394), Brazil (5,170,996) and Russia (1,369,313) follow. Portugal appears in 46th place in this table.
As for deaths, after the United States, Brazil is the nation with the most declared deaths (152 513), followed by India (112 214) and Mexico (85 285).