Scenes in Albufeira as 11pm curfew is consistenly disrespected

Covid-19: More than 3,000 cases and eight deaths in 24-hours

Today’s Covid bulletin has been one of the worst for a long time in terms of cases in a 24-hour period (3,285) and deaths (+8, all but one in the Lisbon/ Vale do Tejo region).

There haven’t been this number of cases since February 11 – nor this number of deaths in 24-hours since April 14.

Hospital numbers have fallen slightly, but incidence has increased to such a degree that the ‘risk matrix’ has had to be altered to accommodate it.

Previously, the risk matrix only went up to an incidence of 240 cases per 100,000. Mainland areas are now running at 254.8 per 100,000 – thus the matrix is being ‘extended’ to contemplate up to 480 cases per 100,000.

Tomorrow will see a new meeting of the Council of Ministers. Businesses hoping for ‘good news’ are not expecting any.