Patients being treated at the ICU department at Porto’s Hospital de São João on October 26. Photo: ESTELA SILVA/LUSA

Increase in number of people being treated in Portuguese hospitals for Covid-19

Sunday’s Covid bulletin has seen an increase in the number of people in the nation’s hospitals being treated for complications resulting from Covid-19.

Fifteen more people are in Covid ‘infirmaries’ today – meaning numbers have gone from 618 on Saturday to 633 today.

The increase has not, for now, impacted on intensive care units, which have actually reduced by a further six patients in the last 24-hours, and are now down to supporting just 142 people nationwide.

The Rt number appears ‘stable’ at 0.92 (0.93 if the archipelagos of Madeira and Azores are included) and the incidence rates are also holding at 66.8 cases per 100,000 inhabitants on the mainland – 75.7, taking the archipelagos into account. The government’s ‘red line’ for incidence rates is 120 cases per 100,000.

Otherwise, today’s bulletin has recorded another 10 deaths in the last 24-hours, and 365 new cases.

Giving a rare glimpse into the ages of the latest victims, Rádio Renascença reports that the majority were patients over the ages of 80 (six), with two deaths in the 70-79 age group, one aged between 60-69 and another aged between 50-59.

Recoveries this time have been just 384, thus the total active case count has fallen, but only by 29 cases, to 28,179 cases.

As to areas of highest incidence, Lisbon and Vale do Tejo remains the region with the highest number of deaths (+6) but the north today registers slightly more in the way of new cases (+112 as opposed to Lisbon’s +107).

The country meantime has still another tough week (from the point of restrictions) to go before any further ‘light’ in the form of deconfinement is due to kick in.