The number of cases of covid-19 in Portugal has been declining since Wednesday, when it reached its peak since the beginning of the pandemic. On that day, 16,432 new cases were registered, a value that decreased on Thursday to 13,200 and, this Friday, to 12,435 new cases of infection by the new coronavirus.
On the other hand, the daily number of deaths rose again after a slight decrease in the last few days. This Friday 293 deaths were registered, a figure that is close to the 303 fatalities recorded on Wednesday and which represent the biggest daily increase in deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. This month, Portugal recorded 5,000 deaths due to the covid-19.
In total, since March, there are 711,018 confirmed cases and 12,179 fatalities from the covid-19 pandemic.
Investigator Baltazar Nunes said this Friday that there has been a “clear slowdown” in the covid-19 epidemic in recent weeks in Portugal, with the estimated risk of transmissibility at 1.10.
In response to the deputies on the epidemic situation in Portugal, the coordinator of the INSA’s Epidemiological Research Unit stated that the risk of transmissibility is highest in the region of Lisbon and the Tagus Valley, at 1.13, and the lowest value is in the Autonomous Region of the Azores, with 0.8, below 1, that is, in a decreasing phase.
Asked about what could happen from now on, the specialist stated that “everything indicates that, if this decrease in transmissibility continues”, that this growth phase can be reversed in the coming weeks. However, he warned, it depends entirely on the measures implemented, but more than that, its effectiveness, its degree of implementation and the population’s adoption of the measures that are currently in force.
Less sick in wards, but more in intensive care
Looking at the hospitalization indicator, there is good and bad news: there are 83 fewer patients admitted to the ward (a total of 6544), but 37 more in intensive care units (a total of 843).
This Friday there were more cases recovered than new cases of infection: 14,014 people recover within 24 hours, totaling 518,900 since the beginning of the pandemic. All told, there are fewer 1872 active cases, which means that 179,939 are still dealing with the disease. There are still 225,365 to be followed up by health officials, 142 fewer than on Thursday.
Most of the fatal victims were over 80 years old (203 deaths) and between 70 and 79 years old (47 deaths). There were also 30 deaths in people between 60 and 69 years old and nine between 50 and 59 years old. Three people between the ages of 40 and 49 and one between the ages of 30 and 39 died.
Data from the DGS report indicate that, of the total registered deaths, 6338 are men and 5841 are women. Of the 12,179 people who have died to date with covid-19 in Portugal, 8199 were over 80 years old, which corresponds to around 67%.
The largest share of new cases and deaths was registered in the region of Lisbon and Vale do Tejo (5961 new infections and 136 deaths) and in the North region (3155 new cases and 65 deaths). THE North it continues to be the region with the highest number of accumulated cases: 303,581 and 4453 deaths – and it is the area of the country with the most cases. Lisbon and Tagus Valley is the second: there are 257,203 records of infection and 4682 deaths from covid-19 – and it is the region of the country with the most fatalities.
I o Center it has 101,150 infections (2499 new) and 2124 deaths (plus 63). THE Alentejo totaled 24,659 cases (436 new) and 651 deaths (17 more). At the Algarve, there are 17,005 cases of infection (plus 268) and 205 deaths (plus nine). THE Madeira recorded 3954 cases of infection (91 new) and 40 deaths since the start of the pandemic (three more). The Azores recorded 3466 cases (plus 25) and 24 deaths.