Portugal: Covid-19 claims another 79 lives, 4,935 new cases

Portugal now has a further 79 deaths related to Covid-19 and 4,935 new cases of coronavirus infection in the last 24 hours, according to the national health authority, the DGS.     

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Portugal has registered 4,803 deaths and 312,553 coronavirus cases, and on Friday 73,712 cases are active, 164 less than on Thursday.

The DGS epidemiological bulletin shows that 3,295 patients are hospitalised, 35 less than Thursday, of which 526 are in intensive care, one more than on Thursday.

Health authorities have 77,643 contacts under surveillance, 345 fewer than on Thursday, according to the figures, which point to a further 5,020 recovered patients, a figure which now exceeds the new cases of infection. Since the beginning of the epidemic in Portugal in March, 234,038 people have recovered.

Of the 79 deaths registered in the last 24 hours, 45 occurred in the North region, 15 in the Lisbon and Tagus Valley region, 14 in the Centre region and one in the Azores.

According to the DGS bulletin, the North region has the highest number of new SARS-CoV-2 infections in the last 24 hours (2,577), totalling 164,463 cases and 2,300 deaths since March.

In the region of Lisbon and Tagus Valley, 1,508 new cases have been reported, with 102,468 cases of infection and 1,686 deaths so far.

In the Centre region, there are 626 more cases, in a total of 31,496 and 621 deaths since March.

In Alentejo, 111 more cases have been reported, more than double the number observed on Thursday, when 54 new infections were registered, totalling 6,537 cases and 122 deaths since the epidemic began in Portugal.

The Algarve region has today reported 73 new cases, more than doubling the number on Thursday (31 cases), totalling 5,529 cases and 54 deaths.

In the Azores 26 new cases have been registered in the last 24 hours, totalling 1,122 detected infections and 18 dead since the beginning of the pandemic.   

Madeira registered 14 new cases, triple Thursday’s number (four). Since March, Madeira accounts for 938 infections and two deaths.

The confirmed cases are spread over all age groups, with the highest number of infections being registered between 20 and 59 years old.

The new coronavirus has already infected at least 137,817 men and 169,459 women in Portugal, according to DGS data, 5,277 cases of unknown sex are under investigation as these data are not provided automatically.

Of the total number of fatalities, 2,502 were men and 2,301 women.

The highest number of deaths continues to be among people over 80 years of age.

Portugal is in a state of emergency from 9 November to 8 December, during which time there is a curfew in the municipalities with the highest risk of contagion.

During the week, the curfew has to be respected between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m., while on weekends and holidays circulation is limited between 1 p.m. on Saturday and 5 a.m. on Sunday, and between 1 p.m. on Sunday and 5 a.m. on Monday.