Lowest case count in Portugal since October – Saturday’s bulletin records 33 deaths

Today’s bulletin has registered another dip in the number of daily Covid deaths (from yesterday’s 49 to 33) while cases of new infections (+1,071) are down to the lowest level since the beginning of October – a day with 944 new cases.

Also falling are numbers in Portuguese hospitals (down by another 224 patients) as well as in intensive care.

ICUs which only a week ago had 656 patients in them now have 492.

In fact the only number going up is the one for people deemed to have recovered from testing positive (many of whom will have had light or even imperceptible symptoms).

The country’s active case count as of today is 70,255.

In other words, in the space of just one week, the active case count has fallen by 13,271 people while a total of 455 have died with Covid-19.

As bad as the situation became in the latter part of January, worst case predictions by experts never actually transpired – hence the information yesterday from prime minister Costa that Portugal’s deconfinement may well begin slightly earlier than the ‘post-Easter’ scenario outlined only a day before by President Marcelo.

natasha.donn@algarveresident.com