The Portuguese Ministry of Health this Tuesday reported the deaths of another five people from the coronavirus, with 408 additional cases diagnosed, meaning 828,173 people have contracted the disease, 16,923 of whom have died.
If this progress continues, the authorities expect Portugal to exceed 120 infections per 100,000 inhabitants in two weeks – a number that limits the risk area – and thereby halt the progress of the de-escalation plan announced a month ago for the first Minister António Costa.
While Infarmed, the Portuguese drug agency, is waiting for a new update to the risk matrix this Wednesday, it has announced that the Algarve and the Madeira Archipelago have already exceeded those 120 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
“With this growth and a rate of almost 71 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, the time to reach the 120 limit is between two weeks and a month,” he predicted, particularly in the northern region and in the Alentejo. The epidemiologist Baltazar Nunes after the meeting with the Portuguese health authorities revealed the Portuguese newspaper “Público”.
The Directorate-General for Health (DGS) authorities have stated that the increase in cases has occurred in age groups from 0 to 9 years old and has played a “more prominent” role in most young people over the past 14 days, those between 25 and 55 years of age. However, infections have decreased in people over the age of 80.
In the past 24 hours, it was also confirmed that 21 patients were discharged, leaving 459 remaining in the ward and 118 in intensive care units. In total, 785,809 people have recovered from the disease, nearly 750 more than the previous day, while the number of active cases has fallen to 25,441.
The vast majority of the most recent cases of coronavirus have been recorded in the Northern Zone, with 153 deaths and one more. followed by Lisbon and the Tagus Valley, where three deaths and 137 positive results have been confirmed.
Regarding the vaccination schedule, the DGS reported that more than 2.1 million people have already been vaccinated in Portugal. The first dose was received by more than 1.5 million people while approximately 604,000 were vaccinated with both doses.