“Small municipalities in the interior with a very low population are very easily in the red. Just having an infected family,” says Mário Jorge Santos, public health coordinator for Baixo Alentejo, to the radio.
In Baixo Alentejo, Beja and Moura are at risk of not suspecting in two weeks from being above the risk threshold announced by António Costa, that is, of the 120 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants in the last 14 days. But in Barrancos, for example, two infected people are enough to pass the red line, since this locality has only 1,634 inhabitants.
“They were indicators designed for much larger dimensions of the population and end up being unfair to the small municipalities of the Interior, which are also those that have problems with isolation and lack of services, where the population most needs to move between municipalities”, he explains. the Public Health doctor at the Baixo Alentejo Local Health Unit (ULSBA) mentioned by TSF.
Twenty-six counties are above the COVID-19 incidence risk threshold, and may not advance in the lack of definition if the situation remains in the next assessment by the Government, according to the latest epidemiological bulletin released. These counties have accumulated, in the last 14 days, more than 120 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants, seven of which are even above the 240 new cases per 100 thousand inhabitants.
See the list of cases by municipality
Machico, in the Autonomous Region of Madeira, is the county in the country with the highest incidence, registering 500 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants in the last 14 days, ranking at a very high risk, that is, with an incidence between 480 and 959.9 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants.
On March 11, at the presentation of the deconfination plan, the Prime Minister, António Costa, warned that the reopening measures will be revised whenever Portugal exceeds the “120 new cases per day per 100 thousand inhabitants in 14 days” or whenever o Rt – the average number of secondary cases that result from a case infected by the virus – exceeds 1.
According to the DGS epidemiological bulletin, the transmissibility index (Rt) of the new coronavirus in Portugal rose yesterday to 1 in the continent, while the incidence dropped to 60.9 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days. On April 1, the prime minister said that there were 19 counties on the continent that were above the risk threshold, that is, above 120 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants in the last 14 days.
António Costa stressed that the experts heard by the Government proposed that, “if in two successive assessments, the same counties are above the risk threshold, in these counties the measures of deflation must not advance”.
The bulletin reveals that the municipalities of Alandroal (200), Albufeira (161), Lagoa (141), Machico (500), Portimão (308), Ribeira Brava (225), Ribeira de are at this level above 120 per 100 thousand inhabitants Pena (283), Rio Maior (334), Santa Cruz (183), Beja (134), Borba (134), Câmara de Lobos (154), Carregal do Sal (302), Marinha Grande (203), Moura (474 ). Soure (123), Cinfães (175), Figueira da Foz (121), Figueiró dos Vinhos (180), Funchal (137), Odemira (316), Penela (167), Ponta Delgada (178), Ponta do Sol (151) ), Vila do Bispo (213) and Vimioso (174).
Seven of these counties have values above 240 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants.
With zero cases in the last 14 days, 54 counties are reported: Alfandega da Fé, Alijó, Almeida, Alvito, Gavião, Góis, Horta, Idanha-a-Nova, Lajes das Flores, Manteigas, Porto Santo, Povoação, Sabrosa, Santa Cruz da Graciosa, Santa Cruz das Flores, S.Marta de Penaguião, S.Brás de Alportel, S.João da Pesqueira, Arronches, Avis, Barrancos, Calheta (Azores), Carrazeda de Anciães, Castanheira de Pera, Marvão, Meda, Mértola, Miranda do Douro, Monforte, Mora, Murça, Nelas, S. Roque do Pico, Sousel, Tarouca, Terras de Bouro, Tondela, Constância, Corvo, Crato, Ferreira do Zêzere, Fronteira, Oleiros, Ourique, Penamacor, Penedono, Velas, Vila da Praia da Vitória, Vila do Porto, Vila Nova de Paiva, Vila Nova de Poiares, Vila Velha de Ródão and Vila Viçosa.
The COVID-19 pandemic caused at least 2,853,908 deaths worldwide, resulting from more than 131.2 million cases of infection, according to a report made by the French agency AFP.
In Portugal, 16,879 people died from 823,335 confirmed cases of infection, according to the most recent bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health.
The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China.
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