Portugal: Last 24 hours see five Covid-19 deaths, 373 new cases

Portugal on Thursday recorded five deaths attributed to Covid-19, 373 new cases of infection by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and a decrease in the number of hospitalisations and intensive care patients, according to the country’s national health authority, the DGS.

According to the DGS epidemiological bulletin, 77 patients are now hospitalised in intensive care, six fewer than on Wednesday, the same number as on 24 September 2020.

Concerning hospitalisations, official data indicates that 283 patients are hospitalised on Thursday, 14 fewer.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Portugal has had 838,475 confirmed cases and 16,988 deaths.

The five deaths recorded in the last 24 hours occurred in the Lisbon and Tagus Valley region (3) and the North region (2).

Regarding the number of new cases, today’s figures are similar to those recorded in recent weeks, with daily oscillations.

There are 22,535 active cases, 170 fewer than on Wednesday, and the number of contacts under surveillance by the health authorities has also decreased by 713, now totalling 22,010.

The data also reveals that 538 people have been recovered, bringing the total number since the start of the pandemic in Portugal in March 2020 to 798,952.

According to the latest DGS data, Portugal currently has 3,557,381 people vaccinated against Covid-19, of which 945,576 have had both doses.

The transmissibility index (Rt) of the SARS-Cov-2 coronavirus in Portugal is 0.95 and the incidence of infection cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days is 61.3.

Rt and incidence data are updated on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

In the Lisbon and Tagus Valley region, 106 new infections have been reported, with 316,888 cases and 7,200 deaths counted so far.

The Northern region now has 181 new SARS-CoV-2 infections, totalling 336,960 infections and 5,343 deaths since the pandemic began.

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused at least 3,244,598 deaths worldwide, resulting from more than 155.1 million cases of infection, according to an assessment by the French agency AFP.