The Portuguese authorities reported 266 new infections with coronavirus on Monday and increased the number of COVID-19 patients admitted to Portuguese hospitals to 489, an unprecedented number since May 7, although the government has denied there is saturation.
The Portuguese Ministry of Health has increased the number of coronavirus cases registered since the pandemic began to 41,912, of which 1,568 lost their lives, four more than on Sunday. Of the 489 people admitted, 71 are in intensive care, reports the newspaper ‘Publico’.
Minister of Health António Lacerda Sales has assured that the intensive care unit utilization across the country is 65 percent, in the case of Lisbon only one point more. “There is no congestion,” he defended at a press conference, assuring that only a fifth of these patients would match COVID-19 cases.
The Lisbon region and the Tagus Valley, which encompasses the capital and surrounding areas, has had the most cases across the country since last week, with an upward trend leading to tightening measures in a group of areas. Of the 266 new cases confirmed this Monday, 225 focus on the Lisbon region.