Portugal ‘celebrates’ 12-days straight with new Covid infections below 1,000

It has been another ‘positive’ day in Portugal’s virus combat.

The number of new cases in Thursday’s bulletin has been ‘just 485’. This means for the last 12 days, new cases have stayed below 1,000 –  in today case, ‘well below’.

Numbers in hospital remain lower than they have been for months: just 828 in total of which 187 are in intensive care.

While the pandemic is causing renewed problems in Italy (going into a new lockdown), France and Germany, the panorama in Portugal remains calm – albeit 21 people have died with Covid-19 in the last 24-hours.

Yesterday’s recorded fatalities were less – only 15 people, with the number of new cases suddenly ‘neck-and-neck in both Lisbon and the north’ (Lisbon registering 245 new cases, the north 246).

Today Lisbon is back to ‘leading the field’ for new infections with +235, to the north’s +118.

Elsewhere, other regions are much reduced: the centre + 51, Madeira +34, Alentejo +29, Azores +10, Algarve +8, though mass testing is poised to begin in schools.

Overall, Portugal now has ‘only’ 34,713 active cases in a population of 10.2 million.

Of 816,055 people who have at some time since the start of the pandemic tested positive, 16,743 have died – the vast majority of them people over the age of 80.

The country’s most recent risk matrix gives a national incidence rate (including the archipelagos of Madeira and Azores) as 90.3 cases of infection per 100 000 inhabitants. The rate for the mainland is less: 79.1 cases per 100,000.

This makes the national Rt rate (including the archipelagos) 0.84; the mainland rate: 0.80.

As has been outlined under the terms of ‘deconfinement’, an incidence rate of more than 120 cases per 100,000, rising numbers in hospital and an Rt rate of over 1 would see the government start ‘pulling the brakes’ on everyday life again.

So, for the first four days of Portugal’s slow deconfinement – despite uncertainty raging in Europe – ‘things are going well’. A ‘low point’ has been reported today however in the form of a man dead for the last 20 years being called to receive his first vaccination.

Say reports, the municipality of Cascais is blaming out-of-date lists supplied by DGS health authorities.

The man dead for 20 years hasn’t been the only unfortunate error. There have been other dead people apparently called to come and get themselves vaccinated in Cascais borough.

Mayor Carlos Carreiras complains that at a “particularly difficult time” this kind of inefficiency is “wasting resources”.

Doctors and health centres are now calling on authorities to update their databases, and make sure these come with relevant telephone numbers.