New weekly bulletin to give Portugal’s deconfinement stats

In addition to daily Covid bulletins, Portugal’s health authorities are to start publishing weekly statistics to ‘monitor the evolution of Covid-19” during the process of deconfinement.

Scheduled for Fridays, the presentations will include indicators described in the document elaborated by experts on so-called ‘red lines’ – meaning they will explain clearly “parameters considered essential to monitor the evolution of the pandemic in Portugal”.

Says Expresso, these are: incidence (number of cases) over 14-days, the national Rt (transmission) rate, and by regions, the number of patients in intensive care units, the national proportion of positivity (meaning the percentage of positive tests in the total of tests realised), the proportion of cases in isolation and testing of contacts by regions – and the number of variants “considered most worrying” (also by region).

Of these indicators, the three principals are: incidence over 14-days, the Rt rate/s and the number of beds occupied in intensive care.

Beyond these new weekly reports, the ‘risk matrix’ presented by the prime minister last Thursday will be published daily “with a report of the situation of Covid-19, updated on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, according to updates of the Rt number”.

Says the paper, this has all come following advice by experts who insist that “qualitative interpretation” will “feed the correct communication of risk by authorities and politicians” to the public in general.