August 3, 2021

DGS rejects technical error. 42% of Portuguese already with the 1st dose

O epidemiological bulletin released this Tuesday by the General Directorate of Health (DGS) reported 973 new cases and two more deaths in the last 24 hours. Since March 6, the country has not registered so many daily infections.

In global terms, Portugal has 859,045 infections and 17,049 deaths. The number of those recovered rose to 816 thousand.

Admissions registered a slight increase.

Óscar Felgueiras, a mathematician specializing in epidemiology, said today that Portugal may be “on its way” to being one of the European Union countries “with the highest incidence” of Covid-19 cases due to the Delta variant.

The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, said today that the European Union and the United States want the Covid-19 pandemic “become a part of the history books”, with “international cooperation” being indispensable to achieve this.

Follow here BY MINUTE the most recent developments about Covid-19 in Portugal and in the world.

00h00 – We have suspended today’s registration here. Follow-up will resume on Wednesday morning. You already know, check the information on the DGS website and always follow the communications from the competent authorities. If you have symptoms:

SNS24 from Mainland Portugal: 808 24 24 24

Madeira SNS24: 800 24 24 20

Azores SNS24: 808 24 60 24

Just want to ask questions? Don’t clutter the phone lines: [email protected]

23h58 – One of the elements of the lifeguard team that provides assistance at Praia do Osso da Baleia, in Pombal, tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, meaning that the resort is temporarily unattended, the municipality reported today.

22h39 – Cape Verde has registered 57 more infected with the new coronavirus in the last 24 hours, bringing to 31,704 the accumulated number of cases of the disease since March 19, 2020, according to data released today by the Ministry of Health.

22h43 – Brazil registered 80,609 infections and another 2,468 deaths on the last day, according to data released by the National Council of Health Secretaries (CONASS). Brazil accumulates 17,533,221 confirmed cases and 490,696 fatalities.

21h51 – South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa today announced the adoption of level 3 containment, adjusting restrictions, to contain the advancement of the third wave of Covid-19 in the country.

“With the exception of Northern Cape, all provinces register an increase in the number of infections, four provinces declared a third wave, with Gauteng being the most affected province with two thirds of all infections in the country”, stressed Ramaphosa.

The head of state said that the number of deaths associated with Covid-19 in the country increased by about 48% “in just two weeks”.

21h25 More than 2.5 million Portuguese people already have complete vaccination. The weekly report on the vaccination process against Covid-19 in Portugal this Monday reveals that 25% of the Portuguese population (2,564,689 people) is already vaccinated. This week alone, 245,9792 people were inoculated with the second dose of the vaccine. Already 354,786 received the first dose.

21h24 Delay in conclusions on pilot events is not due to technical error, says DGS. The General Directorate of Health (DGS) today rejected that there had been a technical error in the processing of data from the pilot Culture events, which took place in April and May, but admitted that the process is taking a long time. In a statement sent to Lusa news agency, DGS stated that “the work to monitor potential cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection, after attending the pilot cultural events in April and May, is still in completion”.

20h28 – Nearly 900 people in New York received expired Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine doses, the New York Department of Health reported.

The expired vaccine doses were administered to 899 people in the former NFL Experience building, located in Times Square, between June 5th and 10th. Health authorities have warned these people, who will have to re-schedule to be vaccinated with another dose of Pfizer/BioNTech as soon as possible.

20h21 – Madeira registered today three new cases of Covid-19, all imported, and 12 recoveries, indicated the Regional Directorate of Health, referring that the total number of active infections in the archipelago is now 62, with two hospitalized patients.

19h58 – French health authorities announced this Tuesday that 3,235 new cases of contamination were diagnosed and another 76 people died within 24 hours. France has a cumulative number of 5,744,589 confirmed cases and 110,559 fatalities.

The number of patients in intensive care units is 1,952, the lowest number since October.

19h09 – The drugmaker AstraZeneca today admitted a setback in the development of an antibody treatment for Covid-19, as its effectiveness has not been proven in clinical trials in people who have been exposed to the virus.

19h05 – The pandemic has destroyed employment for 13% of domestic workers in Portugal and reduced working hours for 47% of them, reveals a report by the International Labor Organization (ILO) released today. Domestic work remains a sector dominated by women, employing 57.7 million women, representing 76.2% of the sector’s total.

19h03 – The United States today reached 600,000 deaths per Covid-19, according to the Johns Hopkins University count, and equaled the average annual number of cancer deaths in the country..

The number comes at a time when cases of infection and deaths from Covid-19 have been drastically reduced due to the vaccination campaign and when the country is increasingly lifting the confinements and restrictions imposed for more than a year. .

18h38 – A total of 52 people, including elements of the participating teams and the organization of the Copa America football, tested positive for the new coronavirus infection to date, informed the Ministry of Health of Brazil.

18h23 – The European Commissioner for Health said today that evidence is emerging to show that the Delta variant of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus “decreases the strength of the protective shield” created by vaccines, urging the acceleration of full population vaccination.

“Evidence has emerged that the variants – namely the Delta variant – diminish the strength of the protective shield provided by vaccines, especially when vaccination is not yet complete. It is therefore crucial that as many citizens as possible be vaccinated against Covid -19, and to be fully vaccinated as soon as possible,” said Stella Kyriakides.

18h11 – Italy has registered 1,255 new cases of Covid-19 and 63 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the Ministry of Health, while the number of those currently positive has dropped by more than 50,000 cases. With these values, Italy totals 4,247,032 infections since the health emergency began in the country in February 2020, of which 127,101 have died.

18h09 – The Spanish Ministry of Health indicated this Tuesday that 3,432 new cases of contagion were detected and another 62 people died within 24 hours. Spain totals 3,745,199 positive cases and 80,579 fatalities.

The accumulated incidence continues to decline in Spain. In the last 14 days, the incidence was set at 101 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

17h35 – The president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, anticipated today that he will veto a bill that intends to create an immunization certificate for the coronavirus if the initiative is approved by the legislature.

17h32 – Five US states had cases of coronavirus infection weeks before the first cases in the country were reported, says a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The first case in the United States was officially identified on January 19 of last year. But, according to this study, at least seven people from five states were infected with SARS-CoV-2 as of December 2019.

17h11 – The PRO.VAR restaurant association asked the Government today “to extend the new rules aimed at catering establishments, now in force, to all establishments in the continental national territory”, including in regions that have not progressed in decontamination.

16h44 – The British Department of Health and Social Welfare revealed this Tuesday that 7,673 were diagnosed and 10 more people died. In total, the UK counts 4,581,006 confirmed cases and 127,917 fatalities.

Admissions continue the recent upward trend.

Almost 80% of the UK population (41.8 million people) have been inoculated with the first dose of Covid-19 vaccines. More than 57% of the population (30.2 million people) have completed the vaccination process.

16h33 – The Covid-19 pandemic has contributed to strengthening right-wing extremism in Germany by spreading ideology over the Internet and capitalizing on demonstrations against restrictive measures, the government and internal intelligence services said today.

15h59 – The Portuguese Association of Music Festivals (Aporfest) today regretted that the pilot events were a “waste of time”, and says it was surprised, 45 days after they were held, with a “technical problem” in data management.

15h45 – Scotland will “probably” maintain restrictions on fighting Covid-19 for another three weeks, starting June 28, Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon said.

15h42 – Madeira has already administered 182,000 vaccines against Covid-19 since December 2020, the Regional Health Directorate reported today, indicating that 105,062 correspond to the first dose and 76,938 to the second dose.

“This means that 30% of the resident population has already been fully vaccinated and 41% a dose of the vaccine”, says the organism in a statement, stressing that the inoculated people belong to the priority groups defined in the Regional Vaccination Plan against SARS-CoV- 2, according to the allocation of vaccines to the archipelago.

Also read: A MINUTE: Almost a thousand new cases here, more than 600 in Lisbon alone

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