Twenty-six counties are above the Covid-19 incidence risk threshold, and may not advance in the deflation if the situation remains in the next assessment by the Government, according to the epidemiological bulletin released this Monday.
According to the bulletin of the Directorate-General for Health, these counties registered an accumulated, in the last 14 days, of more than 120 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants, seven of which are even above the 240 new cases per 100 thousand inhabitants.
Machico, in the Autonomous Region of Madeira, is the country’s municipality with the highest incidence, registering 500 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants in the last 14 days.
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 “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 has today risen to 1 on the continent, while the incidence has 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”.
Today’s bulletin reveals that the municipalities of Alandroal (200), Albufeira (161), Lagoa (141), Machico (500), Portimão (308), Ribeira Brava (225) are at this level above 120 per 100 thousand inhabitants, Ribeira de 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.
The cumulative incidence at 14 days refers to the days between 17 and 30 March, prior to the last meeting of the Council of Ministers, in which António Costa announced that Portugal could “take the step forward” with the measures of deflation starting from today.
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.
In the last bulletin with data on the municipalities, on March 29, the country had 32 municipalities with a cumulative incidence above 120 new cases per 100 thousand inhabitants in 14 days.
Of these 32 municipalities, nine had values above 240 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants, with Alcoutim standing out with 417 cases and Machico with 601 cases, the latter being classified at a very high risk.
With zero cases, there were 47 counties.
In the explanatory note of the data by municipality, it is stated that the cumulative incidence “corresponds to the quotient between the number of new confirmed cases in the 14 days prior to the moment of analysis and the estimated resident population”.
Portugal today registered six deaths related to covid-19 and 159 new cases of infection with the new coronavirus, according to the Directorate-General for Health (DGS).
The DGS epidemiological bulletin reveals that 536 patients are hospitalized (19 more than on Sunday). The number of new hospitalizations has been oscillating in the last few days, after a period of some stability in the decreasing direction.
In intensive care, Portugal today has 112 patients, minus five compared to Sunday, the lowest figure since October 7, the day that 104 people were hospitalized in these units.
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.
The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China.
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