Covid-19: transmissibility and incidence rates are increasing

Covid-19: transmissibility and incidence rates are increasing
Covid-19: transmissibility and incidence rates are increasing

The rate of transmissibility of the new coronavirus in Portugal rose this Friday to 0.97, with the incidence also rising to 65.6 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants in the last 14 days, according to official data.

In the last two joint bulletins from the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) and the National Institute of Health Doutor Ricardo Jorge (INSA), the transmissibility index (Rt) in Portugal had remained at 0.94.

As for the incidence, the average national value of infection cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days is now 65.6, after having dropped from 70 to 65.3 in the last bulletin.

Looking only at Mainland, the incidence is 62.9 cases, also rising compared to Wednesday, when that figure was 62.4.

These indicators are the criteria defined by the Government for the continuous assessment of the deflationary process started on March 15.

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.

Portugal recorded, in the last 24 hours, nine more deaths and 548 confirmed cases of contagion by SARS-CoV-2, according to the Directorate-General for Health (DGS).

According to today’s epidemiological bulletin, there are 513 people hospitalized with covid-19, 25 fewer than on Thursday, but two more in intensive care units, where 131 patients are today.

The number of active cases has decreased 204, to 26,339, and from Thursday to today, another 743 people have been reported to have recovered, to a total of 779,655, since the beginning of the pandemic.

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