Low death count, low case count – even less people in Portugal’s hospitals

Thursday’s bulletin ahead of the Portuguese government’s announcement over whether (or not) the country moves forwards with deconfinement has shown a marked decrease in the number of deaths (just two in 24 hours), a drop since yesterday in the number of new cases, and a  significant fall in numbers in hospital.

New cases – spread as usual with ‘most’ in Lisbon/Vale do Tejo, followed by the north, centre, Alentejo, Algarve and archipelagos – are down to 501 (yesterday’s count was +684), while hospital numbers have reduced by another 24 patients, to just 423, of which 109 are in intensive care.

These last numbers are ‘super low’ – the best results for months.

Also positive is that the number of ‘recoveries’ (meaning the number of people who no longer test positive for what were only ever ‘fragments’ of the SARS-CoV-2 genome ‘or similar’) exceed the number of new cases, contributing to an overall drop in the ‘active case count in Portugal’ which is just 25,414.

Of a population of 10.2 million people, this is a minimal number of active cases – particularly as roughly 25,000 of them would seem to be without the need for medical intervention.

natasha.donn@algarveresident.com