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Portugal registers another 1,654 ‘recoveries’ as new cases total just 388

It has been another ‘excellent day’ for numbers as Portugal inches closer to the moment when cafés and restaurants can reopen to tables outside.

The countdown to April 5 is agonising but today’s bulletin has shown that there is no reason for anyone to say ‘we’re moving too fast’.

New cases in the last 24-hours totalled just 388, while the number of deaths was the lowest for months: just two people.

The country’s active case count is down to 26,756; hospital numbers are down to 584 in Covid infirmaries; 129 in intensive care.

The Rt is ‘holding steady’ at 0.93 (0.94 if you include Madeira and Azores), and the incidence rate is in safe territory: 63.4 cases per 100,000 people on the mainland, 70 cases if one includes the archipelagos of Madeira and Azores.

The total number of deaths in Portugal so far since the start of the epidemic has reached 16,854 – but as a percentage of the total number of people who have tested positive, it is still just a little over 2% (in other words, it is not changing).

In all 777,503 people have tested positive for Covid-19 and are now testing negative.

Looking at the picture in terms of regions, the worst affected areas remain Lisbon/ Vale do Tejo and the north which between them have registered 287 of the 388 new cases in the last 24-hours.

The other areas leading in terms of new cases are the centre, +46; Madeira, +37, followed by the Azores, +11, the Algarve, +4 and the Alentejo on +3.

The two deaths were in the Lisbon/ Vale do Tejo area.

WHAT ELSE OPENS ON APRIL 5?

According to the government’s strategy, April 5 will also see secondary schools (2º and 3º ciclos) reopening – as well as ATL (tuition centres for those ages); centres for the handicapped, museums, monuments, palaces, art galleries ‘and similar’.

Fairs and non-food related markets will also be allowed ‘by decision of municipalities’.

Shops up to 200 m2 with a door giving out onto the street will also be able to fling open their doors at last. Cafés/ restaurants will be limited to 4 people maximum at any outside table; ‘low risk sports will be allowed, as well as physical activity for groups of up to four people in the open air, and gymnasiums ‘as long as they are not giving group classes’.

It will be a ‘big day’ as every inhabitant who has been confined to their boroughs of residence since last 00.00 hours last Friday will once again be able to move freely around the country.

natasha.donn@algarveresident.com