Portugal approaches ‘yellow zone’ in Covid risk matrix

Portugal’s Covid swings and roundabouts continues today with news that the country’s risk matrix is showing ‘numbers’ creeping into the ‘yellow zone’.

This doesn’t mean the pressure on the health service has increased (quite the opposite), but it’s an indication that it might – given that incidence of new cases in the Lisbon/ Vale do Tejo and northern areas are increasing again – tipping the Rt (transmission indicator) over the ‘safe’ benchmark of 1, to 1.01 (1.02 if one includes the archipelagos of Madeira and Azores).

Bearing in mind that ‘at risk age groups’ are now well-covered by the vaccine rollout, the ‘proof’ (of vaccine efficiency) is likely to be seen in the coming days.

If hospitals still remain with numbers dropping (as they have done again in the last 24-hours), the vaccines will be seen to be doing their job.

Incidence generally is down to 48.3 cases per 100,000 (in other words, well within safety parameters); 51.4 cases if the archipelagos are included.

The last 24-hours have seen a total of 511 new cases (250 of them in Lisbon, 143 in the north) and two deaths.

For the bulletin in full click here