Portugal remains the EU country with fewer cases of covid-19 – testing decreases and positivity goes up | Coronavirus

Portugal remains the EU country with fewer cases of covid-19 – testing decreases and positivity goes up | Coronavirus
Portugal remains the EU country with fewer cases of covid-19 – testing decreases and positivity goes up | Coronavirus
Portugal remains the country of the European Union (EU) with the lowest incidence rate of covid-19, according to data published this Thursday by the European Center for Disease Control (ECDC). At the continental level, it also remains the second country with the lowest number of new cases per hundred thousand inhabitants within 14 days, behind Iceland.

The ECDC weekly report has Portugal recording a cumulative incidence at 14 days of 60 new cases per 100 thousand inhabitants, a decrease compared to the previous week (71 new cases). The figure puts Portugal in a better position than all other EU countries: the second with the lowest incidence rate is Denmark, with 131 new cases, followed by Ireland (157), Spain (160) and Finland (164).

On the opposite side of the classification, Estonia is the country with the highest incidence in the EU and in the entire European continent, with 1364 new cases per 100 thousand inhabitants. The northern European country had overtaken the Czech Republic last week, which now ranks third on the list of EU countries with the highest number of new cases (1069 to 14 days), behind Hungary (1197) and ahead of Poland (923), Bulgaria (722) and France (704).

Iceland also remains the country in Europe with the lowest incidence, with a record of 27 new cases per 100 thousand inhabitants in the last 14 days, less than half of the incidence in Portugal. Third in the continental list is Russia (95), followed by the United Kingdom (110) and Liechtenstein (126).

Europe has an incidence of 376 new cases per 100 thousand inhabitants, an increase compared to 323 the previous week. The rise reflects a worsening of the epidemiological situation in several European countries that has led several countries to re-impose more severe restrictions.

Regional impacts are also among the lowest in Europe

At the regional level, almost all regions of Portugal are in the 30 with the lowest incidence in Europe. The exception is Madeira, which has the highest regional incidence in the country with 156 new cases per 100 thousand inhabitants in 14 days.

Moreover, the entire continent and the Azores are at the level of yellow-brown in the color map released by ECDC, which corresponds to incidences between 25 and 150 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants and a positivity rate of less than 4%.

The region of Portugal with the lowest incidence at 14 days is the Center, with nearly 49 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants, followed closely by the North, also with 49. It follows Alentejo (65), the Azores (66), Metropolitan Area of ​​Lisbon (67) and the Algarve (71).

Fifth country with fewer EU deaths

ECDC data also indicate that Portugal is the fifth country with the lowest incidence of deaths from covid-19 in the European Union. The number of new deaths per million inhabitants in 14 days has declined again, from 21 last week to around 14 in the new update, being only behind Finland (3 new deaths per million inhabitants), Denmark (4), Sweden (10) and Cyprus (14).

The EU countries with the highest covid-19 mortality also lead at the continental level, with three of the four countries with the highest incidence. Hungary totaled 315 covid-19 deaths per million inhabitants in the last 14 days, ahead of the Czech Republic (258) and Bulgaria (205). In the middle, Bosnia and Herzegovina (236) is in third place at European level.

Testing falls in Portugal. Positivity sees slight rise

After an increase related to the resumption of some activities – such as the return to face-to-face classes in the 1st cycle and the reopening of pre-school – the testing rate had a drop, according to data from the European Center. The country recorded in the last week an average of 1758 tests per 100 thousand inhabitants, a reduction compared to the 2578 of the previous week, but still superior to the 1542 tests carried out by 100 thousand inhabitants two weeks ago.

According to the ECDC, the positivity rate was 1.6%, a low figure, but still slightly higher than the 1.2% that occurred last week. It is the fourth lowest record in Europe, behind Iceland (0.4%), Cyprus (0.8%) and Austria (1%).

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