Monday saw yet another Covid bulletin at a point in the course of SARS-CoV-2 where most people have stopped watching, possibly even caring.
But the important point is that these bulletins never really answer key questions.
Today we hear that there have been 24 deaths in the last 24 hours. It’s actually a good number: the DGS health authority insists on reaching a rolling 14-day average of 20 before the country is released from the rest of its restrictions, including the need for children to wear masks in schools all day.
Unlike on other occasions, the age groupings of today’s fatalities were highlighted: 16 over the age of 80, seven over the age of 70 and one in the 50-59 age group.
This information on its own reveals very little, other than the obvious: did these victims suffer other pathologies? Had they been vaccinated?
The answers, bearing in mind Portugal’s stellar adherence to the Covid vaccination programme, are probably yes on both counts.
Why were the ages publicised today? Because one of the victims was under the age of 60? Nothing is ever clear.
But what is obvious is that this ‘devastating’ pandemic that has conditioned so many people’s lives is waning: Numbers in hospitals continue to fluctuate, but essentially remain low. New cases grind on, but recoveries are also robust.
For the full picture in the last 24-hours click here. Experts have said it is time these bulletins stopped, so this may well be one of the last.