The national numbers for covid-19 have improved, which is clearly reflected at the local level. At the top of the danger scale, with extremely high risk, there are only three counties: Arronches (with 1773 cases per 100,000 inhabitants), Manteigas (with 1896) and Resende (with 1421), according to the latest update of these data the Directorate-General for Health.
There are 12 less counties than in the previous week, which reaffirms a trend that occurred during the month of February: this is the level of risk that has added less municipalities.
However, the biggest difference arises when comparing the first bulletin of March, published this Monday, with data from the first bulletin of February, published on the 1st, when more than half of the country’s municipalities were at risk extremely high contagion by covid-19, with 234 municipalities at that level. Calculations done, it is a drop of almost 99%.
In the bulletin released this Monday, the number of municipalities at very high risk also declined. Last week, there were 98; this week there are 14. Aljustrel (with 618 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants), Arraiolos (548), Barrancos (796), Câmara de Lobos (480), Castanheira de Pêra (497), Castro Verde (489), Coimbra (480) , Ferreira do Alentejo (880), Lamego (502), Penela (686), Ponta do Sol (803), Rio Maior (790), Sobral de Monte Agraço (480) and Vila Nova de Cerveira (561) are the municipalities that are at very high risk of contagion.
The indicator of new cases per hundred thousand inhabitants in 14 days is the method used by DGS to compare municipalities with different population realities.
The vast majority of municipalities in Portugal are now at high or moderate risk: 96 at high risk (between 240 and 480 cases) and 104 at moderate risk (240 cases or less).
Only 59 of the 308 Portuguese municipalities would escape mass testing in schools, if they were open – that is, only 59 municipalities registered less than 120 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants over the last 14 days.
According to the latest rules of the DGS, regular screenings are foreseen in educational establishments (as well as some factories and prisons) when they reopen. These screenings will be “periodic” in municipalities with a cumulative incidence over 14 days of more than 120 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants.
In almost all Portuguese municipalities there was a trend of decreasing cases, with the exception of 22 municipalities, where the numbers remained or increased. In other words, at least 286 territories registered a decrease in the number of cases between the balance sheets of last Monday and this one, which corresponds to 93% of the national territory.
The largest increase in cases was registered in Barrancos, which had, last week, 428 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. This Monday, by contrast, registered 796 cases (368 more).
Conversely, Castanheira de Pêra was the municipality that recorded the greatest drop in cases: from 2410 to 497 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
There are also 11 municipalities that did not register a single case per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days – most of them in the autonomous regions. They are Angra do Heroísmo, Corvo, Lajes das Flores, Northeast, Porto Santo, Povoação, Santa Cruz da Graciosa, Santa Cruz das Flores, Velas, Vila Franca do Campo and Vila Velha de Ródão (the only one in mainland Portugal).