Portugal no longer has any boroughs at “extreme risk” level of Covid transmission

With today’s bulletin registering the lowest number of new infections since last September, Expresso reports that Portugal no longer has any boroughs at the “extreme risk” level of Covid transmission.

The country’s Rt (level) is down to 74% – and the numbers in hospitals continue to fall (just 1,403 Covid patients, nationally, 342 of whom are in ICUs).

Sunday was yet another day when no deaths were reported in the Algarve, Alentejo, Madeira or Azores.

Deaths in Lisbon still ‘lead the field’: 15 in the last 24-hour period, followed by the north with just six deaths and the centre with four.

New infections again are highest in Lisbon (+162), followed by the north (+57). The Alentejo registered +31 new infections; the centre +19 and the Algarve +11.

Numbers in Madeira are still compromised by reporting difficulties (ie they look worse apparently than they really are: today’s bulletin showing +78). The Azores recorded just seven new infections.

The number of ‘active infections’ in Portugal is down to 61,548; 775 people who tested positive for Covid-19 have now tested negative, and 365 further people have tested positive.

The boroughs where transmission is still ‘elevated’ (between 480-960 cases among 100,000 on a rolling 14-day average) are: Barrancos, Câmara de Lobos, Castanheira de Pêra, Funchal, Manteigas, Penela, Resende, Sobral de Monte and Agraço.

The vast majority of municipalities however are now in the moderate risk category – and some are even lower than that, recording less than 20 cases per 100,000.

With experts today confirming that the results of vaccination are “already being felt in hospital ICUs”, anyone wishing to track the progress of Portugal’s roll-out should check data posted periodically online (click here).

natasha.donn@algarveresident.com