Portugal could cross the red lines of the pandemic in two weeks’ time, which forces the Government to review the country’s de-confinement process. The notice is from the General Directorate of Health and the Ricardo Jorge Institute.
The region of Lisbon and Vale do Tejo is already the closest to the highest transmission risk zone.
The number of inpatients in intensive care has also been rising, especially on the mainland, with hospitals in Lisbon being able to exhaust their capacity to respond in the coming weeks.
With the growing number of detected cases of the Delta variant of the coronavirus, this variant could become dominant in the coming weeks in Portugal.
Until last Wednesday, 92 cases had been identified. Health authorities contacted the infected, one by one, looking for chains of transmission, but in many instances they found no link to any known cases of covid-19. That is, they were infected in the community.
The Delta variant has been detected in India and is already prevalent in the UK.
The latest official data this Friday confirmed that the Delta variant is 60% more transferable.
A study published yesterday by the General Health Directorate of England (Public Health England, PHE) indicates that the estimate is higher than the previous one, mentioned by Health Minister Matt Hancock earlier this week, of being 40% more contagious compared to the Alpha variant, itself more transmissible than the early variants of the new coronavirus.
According to the PHE, 42,323 cases of this variant first identified in India were identified, up from 29,892 a week ago, representing more than 90% of the total infections in the country.
The rise in the Transmissibility Index (Rt) between 1.2 and 1.4 in England reflects the impact of the Delta variant in the country, which had been experiencing a decline in the number of cases since January.
In the last seven days, between June 5th and 11th, the daily average was nine deaths and 6,556 cases, which corresponds to an increase of 10.9% in the number of deaths and 58.1% in the number of infections in relation to seven days earlier.
The President of the Republic rejects the hypothesis of setbacks in the lack of confinement at the national level and says that hospitals are still far from the same pressure as in January.
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa explains that the country will have to get used to the appearance of new variants and that periodic vaccination could be a reality.
But Portugal could cross the red lines of the pandemic in two weeks’ time, which could force the government to review the country’s de-confinement process. The notice is from the General Directorate of Health and the Ricardo Jorge Institute.
Sesimbra asks the Government for help
In Sesimbra, the number of covid-19 cases has more than doubled in the last two weeks. The county currently has 301 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
The municipality has already asked the Government for help to take a step back in the lack of confinement and control the number of infections.
The mayor of Sesimbra also says that a request has already been made to the Ministries of Internal Administration and Defense to increase the number of GNR troops on the streets and on the beaches.