Portimão is one of four Algarve boroughs still on the “high risk” list. Photo: INÊS LOPES/OPEN MEDIA GROUP

Algarve virus numbers improve as boroughs removed from “very high” and “extremely high-risk” lists

Not one Algarve borough is included on the “very high-risk” and “extremely high-risk” lists of boroughs published on Monday, March 1 by the national health board (DGS).

The updated lists are based on data collected between February 10 and 23.

The previous weekly update, which had been revealed on February 22, had Monchique among the country’s “extremely high-risk” boroughs (with over 960 cases per 100,000 inhabitants) and Vila Real de Santo António and Castro Marim among the “very high-risk” boroughs (between 480 and 959 cases per 100,000).

Now, there are only four municipalities in the Algarve that are included on the “high-risk” list (between 240 and 479 cases per 100,000): Castro Marim (465), VRSA (421), Monchique (276) and Portimão (251).

All the other boroughs in the region are included on the “lowest risk” list (below 240 cases per 100,000 inhabitants): Faro (221), Albufeira (207), Olhão (203), Lagos (181), Loulé (169), Lagoa (167), Silves (152), São Brás de Alportel (144), Tavira (126), Vila do Bispo (58), Alcoutim (46) and Aljezur (18).

The region’s improving numbers follow the tendency of the rest of Portugal, which has slowly brought the pandemic back under control.

Monday’s Covid bulletin reported the lowest daily numbers since late last summer, with ‘just’ 34 deaths attributed to Covid-19 infection, and 394 new cases (https://www.portugalresident.com/only-three-portuguese-boroughs-left-in-extreme-risk-category-as-virus-numbers-plummet-further/).