Rt above 1 in the Algarve and British variant dominating here

Rt above 1 in the Algarve and British variant dominating here
Rt above 1 in the Algarve and British variant dominating here
A Directorate-General for Health (DGS) and the National Institute of Health Doutor Ricardo Jorge (INSA) released, this Saturday, a monitoring report of the red lines for COVID-19, which will be published weekly, on Fridays. Among the indicators, it is noteworthy that the Rt in the Algarve is already above 1 and that the British variant dominates in Portugal.

According to health authorities, the The number of new SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19 infections per 100,000 inhabitants has been decreasing, with the exception of the Algarve.

The transmissibility index (Rt) presents values ​​below 1, both at the national level (0.97) and in the various health regions of the continent, with the exception of the Algarve (1.19). It is observed “the increase in the value of Rt since February 10, 2021, with special emphasis in the Algarve region”, can be read in the document.

The report also deals with the daily number of COVID-19 cases hospitalized in Intensive Care Units (ICU) and, on the continent, has shown a decreasing trend. As of March 31, 2021, it should be noted, “the number of COVID-19 cases admitted to the ICU was 129, which is less than the defined critical value (245 beds occupied)”.

At the national level, the proportion of positive tests for SARS-CoV-2 was 2.0% (25 to 31 March), which is a value that “remains below the defined target of 4%”. It should be noted that the total number of tests carried out in the last seven days was 15,2695.

DGS and INSA also indicate that the proportion of confirmed cases notified late maintains a downward trend.

In the last week, the authorities guarantee that the cases with Covid-19 were “isolated in less than 24 hours after the notification, and 91.5% of their contacts were tracked and isolated”.

As for the prevalence of new variants of the virus, it is estimated that variant B.1.1.7 (associated with the United Kingdom) currently represents 70.6% of cases of infection by SARS-CoV-2 on the continent. Fifty cases of variant B.1.351 (associated with South Africa) were also diagnosed.

“After an epidemiological survey, it was not possible to establish the transmission context for some cases (epidemiological link), which suggests the possibility of community transmission, even if it is of very low expression”, they refer.

Indeed, the global analysis of the various indicators “suggests a controlled epidemiological situation, that is, community transmission of moderate intensity and reduced pressure on health services in the coming weeks”.

Also Read: AT THE MINUTE: Algarve in the ‘red’; 70.6% of cases of the British variant

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