Portugal Covid update: cases fall, deaths down but more people in hospital

Portugal’s Covid swings and roundabout continue today with some ‘positive news’ and some ‘not so positive’.

Deaths, for example, at 57 are down to the lowest number since October 20.

New cases too are suddenly ‘lower than normal’ (+2,099). 

But messing up the whole panorama is the fact that 131 people were admitted to hospital in the last 24-hour period, and ICUs received another 19 patients, taking numbers over 500 once again.

For the full picture over the last 24 hours click here.

New case numbers have been spread over the country very much in the pattern that has persisted for months: worst in the north (+858), followed by Lisbon/ Vale do Tejo region (+711), the centre (+353), Alentejo (+105) and the Algarve (+34).

Deaths too followed a similar pattern, with no deaths recorded in the Algarve over the last 24-hours.

The autonomous regions of the Azores and Madeira have also flagged very few new cases (+23 and +16 respectively) and only one death (in Madeira).

And as health minister Marta Temido has said today, so far, there is no sign of the new ‘much more infectious variant’ of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in Portugal.