Variants circulating in Portugal: South African – 24 cases; Brazilian- 16

With 80% of all cases in Portugal currently attributed to the British variant, the meeting in Lisbon this morning has heard that testing has discovered 24 cases of the South African variant and 16 of the Brazilian ‘Manaus’ variant. While these are believed to be more easily transmissible, the meeting has heard that the likelihood of dying from Covid-19 in Portugal is 2%. Men are more susceptible to death than women, and “there is a great difference” in terms of likelihood of death “between regions, with the Alentejo presenting the greatest risk of death due to the virus”, said Henrique Barros of the Institute of Public Health of the University of Porto.