Portugal: Lisbon, Tagus area with over 70 pct of new Covid-19 cases

More than 70% of the cases of Covid-19 infection reported in Portugal since the end of the state of emergency on 2 May were registered in Lisbon and Tagus Valley, which until that date had only 20% of those infected in the country.

Analysing the bulletin of the health authorities (DGS) of 3 May, with data until 24:00 on 2 May, when the state of emergency ended, and this Thursday’s bulletin, Lusa found that Lisbon and Tagus Valley (LVT) had 6,047 infected and 210 dead on 3 May, which corresponded to 23.9% and 20.13%, respectively, of the total recorded throughout the country.

After more than one month, the LVT region had 12,137 infected (36.13% of the country) and 383 dead (26.32%). This means an increase of 100.71% in the level of infected and 82.38% in the level of registered deaths.

Taking into account only the period between the end of the state of emergency and Thursday, the region registered 6,090 infections (73.29% of the country) and 173 deaths (41.99%).

However, the Northern region has a higher percentage of deaths in the same period (49.51% of the total of the country, corresponding to 204). In the 3 May bulletin, this figure was 57.24% (597 deaths), having fallen to 55% on 4 June (801 deaths).

The percentage of infected people in the North in relation to the total of the country has also been decreasing: it was 59.41% on 3 May and 50.07% on 4 June. Considering only the period between the end of the state of emergency and Thursday, 21.64% of the total number of infections in Portugal were registered in this region.

On the other hand, the percentage of increase in cases and deaths in the North since the end of the state of emergency was 11.97% and 34.17%, respectively, well below the values registered in Lisbon and Tagus Valley.

The Centre region presented 13.63% of the reported cases in the country and 20% of the dead on 3 May, but one month later these percentages are already 11.22% and 16.49% respectively. If the analysis is only relative to the period since the end of the state of emergency, the Centre has only 3.89% of cases and 7.52% of deaths.

Algarve, Alentejo, Madeira and Azores each register, since 3 May, less than 1% of the cases reported in the country. As for deaths, Madeira is at zero and the Alentejo has not registered any deaths since the end of the state of emergency. Algarve and Azores register less than 1% of the country’s deaths also between 3 May and 4 June.   

Portugal was in a state of emergency between 19 March and 2 May, followed by a state of calamity and the gradual lifting of the containment measures every 15 days.

According to data from the DGS released on Thursday, Portugal had 1,455 deaths associated with Covid-19 in 33,592 confirmed cases of infection since the beginning of the pandemic.

Compared to the previous day, there were eight more deaths (+0.6%) and 331 more cases of infection (+1%).

The number of people hospitalized rose from 428 to 445, of which 58 are in intensive care units (two more).