Portugal “ready to increase hospital quota” as Covid admissions continue to climb

With admissions for people suffering complications from Covid-19 increasing by the day, authorities admit they are “prepared to increase the number of hospital beds in infirmaries and intensive care units”.

Said Secretary of State for Health Diogo Serra Lopes: “The level of occupation of Covid beds in national terms stands at 72%”. 

ICUs are running at 76%.

The level of occupation of Covid beds in the north (which registered 1,379 new cases in the last 24-hours) is also at 76%.

But with plans in hand for ‘expansion’ of facilities, the message from the SNS health service as authorities register another 2,535 positive cases in the last 24-hours remains ‘we’re coping’, albeit this is proving to be a period of extreme pressure.

The latest death toll of 16 involves four patients in the north, eight in the Lisbon/ Vale do Tejo areas, two in the centre, and one in both the Alentejo and Algarve.

Madeira remains the only Portuguese region that up till now has suffered no Covid deaths whatsoever.

Fifteen people in total since March have died in the Azores where one new case has been identified in the last 24-hours.

One positive soundbite coming out of today’s press conference was that outbreaks in old people’s homes have been brought down from 365 (back in April) to just 129.

Also worth stressing is the fact that hospital internments these days tend to be shorter than when the virus was in its early stages as medical teams have become more practised at dealing with the complications.