Covid incidence and transmission ‘creeping upwards’

Incidence and transmission of SARS-CoV-2 are relentlessly creeping upwards, despite numbers in hospital and numbers actually dying remaining for the time being low. This is a reality about which authorities are keenly aware. DGS health chief Graça Freitas has said in interview that if necessary 3rd booster doses of Covid vaccines will be rolled out in ‘younger age groups’ than the over-65s currently being targeted. For now Rt has increased over the weekend from 1.02 to 1.06 nationally and incidence (pegged over a 14-day rolling average) is up from 86.1 cases per 100,000 inhabitants to 92.4. The last 24-hours have seen the ‘largest increase in hospital admissions’ for the virus than in the last two weeks, adds Expresso.