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Second largest tally of recoveries in 24-hours as Portugal’s Covid stats flag 62 new deaths

62 new deaths – the majority over the age of 80 – 3,021 new infections and 4,495 victims deemed to have recovered in the last 24-hours.

Portugal’s latest Covid statistics give some hope, as well as the habitual tragedy of lives cut short.

The ‘hope’ is in the slow reduction over the last few days of new infections. Sunday saw 6,640, Monday 4,906 and today the tally is down to 3,021.

Yes, hospital admissions have increased, but again by not quite so much as in the previous couple of days.

Numbers in ICUs are actually down by nine, to 382 – which suggests the ‘worst case scenario’ predicted over the weekend may not transpire after all (click here).

Explain reports, the number of recoveries has ‘skyrocketed’ over the last few days, to over 100,000, while the number of active cases has reduced to 77,338.

New cases, as has been the pattern, are more prevalent in the north (+2,663), Lisbon/ Vale do Tejo (+736), followed by the centre (+290), Alentejo (+41) and Algarve (+57).

Deaths have kept the same tendency with the majority in the north, followed by Lisbon/ Vale do Tejo, the centre and Alentejo.

There were no new deaths in the Algarve in the last 24-hours. But the tally here for deaths has now reached 31 after ‘holding steady’ for weeks at under 20.

The age group that is seeing the most increase in cases currently is that of people aged 40-49. The age group seeing the most deaths remains people over the age of 80.

What today’s figures have brought is a new ‘level’ for Portugal’s death toll: the country now has registered over 3,000 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

Shocking as this sounds, this is less (so far) than the total the 2018/ 2019 flu epidemic – and that epidemic was considered ‘soft’ in comparison to previous years.

For example, referring to Público, the flu season of 2017/ 2018 saw 4,467 deaths, and that of 2014/ 2915 witnessed 5,591.

It’s worth remembering too that these were deaths from a virus against which there was an available vaccine.

In other words, as bad as the situation seems – in Portugal and elsewhere – what media reports tend to miss is data from previous years and past scourges involving other strains of less demonised viruses.

natasha.donn@algarveresident.com