According to the latest report by the Directorate-General for Health (DGS), Portugal has 310 fewer patients hospitalized with covid-19 in hospitals and 30 fewer in intensive care units (ICU). The number of patients in the ICU has been falling for 11 days since 13 February, and the total number of hospitalized patients has also been decreasing almost consecutively in the past two weeks. Between the beginning of the month and this Monday, total number of hospitalized patients decreased by approximately 55.5%, from 6775 (on 1 February) to 3012 (on the 22nd of this month).
During the meeting of specialists that took place this Monday at Infarmed, Baltazar Nunes, from the National Health Institute Dr. Ricardo Jorge (INSA), explained that, in terms of occupation in intensive care units by patients with covid-19, is “in a phase of decreasing the number of beds, but still with very high values”. According to the specialist, only at the end of March we should have less than 200 beds occupied in intensive care units – one of the goals that Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa set for the country to suspect.
In total, Portugal now has 3012 people hospitalized, 597 of these in intensive care units.
The country registered, on Monday, 1032 more cases of infection e 63 deaths associated with covid-19. Since March, the country has counted 799,106 confirmed cases and 16,086 fatalities. The figures, released by the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) on Tuesday, concern the entire day of Monday.
Most of the fatalities in the bulletin on Monday were over 80 years old (39 deaths were recorded in this age group). The bulletin also reports 17 deaths in people between 70 and 79 years old; five in people between 60 and 69 years old. A man between 40 and 49 years old and another between 20 and 29 died.
There are an additional 4567 patients recovered, making a total of 705,976 recoveries since the start of the pandemic. There are thus 3598 fewer active cases, which means that 77,044 Portuguese still deal with the disease. There are 70,767 contacts under surveillance by the authorities, 8932 less than in the last balance sheet.
Data from the DGS report indicate that, of the total registered deaths, 8405 are men and 7681 are women. Of the 16,086 people who died to date from covid-19 in Portugal, 10,683 were over 80 years old, which corresponds to 66.4%.
Lisbon and Tagus Valley with 47% of new cases
Most of the new cases were registered in Lisbon and Vale do Tejo (493 new infections, corresponding to 47.7%) and in the northern region (186 cases, corresponding to 18%).
THE North remains the region with the highest number of accumulated cases: there are 324,905 confirmed cases and 5168 deaths. Lisbon and Tagus Valley it is the second: there are 302,013 records of infection and 6699 deaths from covid-19 – and it is the region of the country with the most fatalities.
I o Center has 114,245 infections (146 new) and 2870 deaths (plus 11). THE Alentejo totaled 28,224 cases (50 new) and 929 deaths (five more). At the Algarve, there are 19,893 cases of infection (61 more) and 332 deaths (two more). THE Madeira records 6,101 cases of infection (93 new) and 60 deaths since the start of the pandemic. The Azores recorded 3725 cases (three new) and 28 deaths.
In the previous day, Portugal registered 61 more deaths by covid-19 and 549 more cases of infection by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 – the lowest number since the 6th of October. It should be noted that the number of new cases tends to be lower in the days after the weekends, because less tests are done.