It has been another day with no deaths associated with Covid-19 in Portugal – but the picture isn’t without it’s warning signs.
New case numbers in Lisbon are still higher than anywhere else by a long chalk.
The last 24-hours registered 445 new cases nationwide, 249 of them in Lisbon.
The north flagged 114 new cases, the central region 42, with every other area showing residual numbers: Alentejo – 13, Algarve -12, Azores – 12 and Madeira just 3.
Hospital numbers – which have been creeping upwards – saw 12 people discharged. Intensive care units reduced by two to 50 patients throughout national territory.
Incidence however is ‘up’ from last week, to 60.4 cases per 100,000 people (mainland); 63.3 if Azores and Madeira are included.
Rt – the transmission number which experts insist should remain under 1 – is at 1.07.
This is a day when the reverberations of outrage over the exploits of British fans in Porto last weekend is at last abating – but it’s clear that no such tolerance will be allowed for Portuguese nationals. The ‘Santos Populares’ festivities that usually see towns and cities bedecked in paper flowers and full of people enjoying plates full of snails, sardines and grilled chicken have been largely ‘cancelled’ for a second year running – but limited celebrations are apparently planned for Porto.
Meantime, Thursday’s Bank Holiday is set to see hundreds of nationals head to the Algarve for a long weekend with ‘better weather forecast’ than for the rest of the country.
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