The daily balance of the COVID-19 pandemic in Portugal surpassed 3,000 positive values for the second year in a row after the worst data recorded since the end of July on Wednesday and amid full debate over the need for new restrictions to curb the upward trend in infections.
Portugal, which has accumulated more than 1.1 million positive cases since the pandemic started, already has nearly 50,000 active cases. The death toll has been updated with 15 more deaths while the number of patients admitted to the intensive care unit is more than a hundred.
The Lisbon and Tagus Valley region, with 1,096 additional infections, leads the tide this Thursday, ahead of the northern zone, where the Directorate-General for Health has registered another 696 positive cases, and the central part, where another 696 have been reported.
The Portuguese government has been recalling in the past few days the importance of not lowering its vigilance and of continuing the vaccination campaign, although the measures that António Costa’s executive will take to contain the spread of the virus are still to be clarified are. Authorities have ruled out a new lock, provided the situation isn’t as dangerous as in previous waves.
Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa considered the approval of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to allow children between five and eleven years to receive the vaccine against COVID-19 developed by Pfizer and BioNTech as “good news”.