July 29, 2021

Cases rise to the North in a day with 1746 infections and six deaths

The Directorate-General of Health reported 1746 new cases of covid-19 and six deaths in the last 24 hours. Figures in the Northern Region at the February level.

Portugal has lost 17092 lives to covid-19 since the start of the pandemic, out of a total of 877195 cases associated with the disease, 1746 of which in the last 24 hours, a period in which six people died – 67 this month, 16 more than the 51 deaths reported in May.

Tuesday’s numbers represent an increase, almost double, from the 902 cases reported yesterday, which is not uncommon. But the 1746 infections reported today show an increase from 1020 last Monday and 973 15 days ago. The month started with 383 positives on the 1st, followed by 341 on the 8th.

In hospitals, the total number of inpatients went down after five days in a row on the rise. With 10 fewer hospitalized, there are now 492 bedridden patients, 119 of whom are in intensive care units, four more than yesterday’s 115.

Active cases rose for the seventh consecutive day. With over 63 infections reported this Tuesday, Portugal officially has 32134 sick people with covid-19.

There are a further 1058 people under surveillance by the authorities for having had close contact with an infected person, with the total exceeding 50,000 (51109), while a further 1,677 people have recovered from the disease, 827969 since the beginning of the pandemic.

The region of Lisbon and Tagus Valley (LVT) continues to be the most affected by the virus in recent weeks, having reported five of the six deaths registered in the last 24 hours, a period in which 965 new cases of covid-19 were confirmed, which is equivalent to to 55% of the total cases.

A percentage identical to yesterday, on the day with the most cases since 1940 recorded on February 19, in the black hangover of January, which accumulated more than 300,000 infections and claimed 5,576 lives.

With the total number of cases rising compared to last week’s highs and with the LVT having the lowest percentage in recent weeks, after days of around 65% of the total, other parts of the country are beginning to report more cases. This is the case in the North Region, which registered one death and 361 new infections. A value that only finds a parallel with the 369 reported on February 20th and which clashes with the average around 200 during the last week.

Another area showing signs of being more affected is the Algarve. The extreme south of Portugal adds up to the seventh consecutive day with more than 100 daily cases. The 180 infections reported this Monday in the bulletin of the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) represent the maximum in that region since February 5, when 202 cases were reported.

Signs of the expansion of the virus are also coming from the Central Region, which has infected 152 more people in the last 24 hours, a number in line with data from February, when the so-called third wave was in its descending phase, after a week of around 100 daily infections.

In Alentejo, where the prevalence of the delta variant is already above 90%, 30 new cases have been reported, for a total of 30933 infections and 972 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.

On the islands, the Azores registered 47 new cases, within the average of last week, for a total of 6144 infections and 34 deaths. In Madeira, the totals are 69 deaths and 9908 cases, 11 in the last 24 hours.

Half of the victims were over 80 years old

Of a total of six fatalities reported in the last 24 hours, three, two women and one man, were over 80 years old. This is the age group most affected by the pandemic, having lost 11218 lives, 65% of the total nationwide.

Two of the victims, a man and a woman, were between 70-79 years old. This age group has lost 3648 lives since the start of the pandemic, 21% of the total.

The other deadly victim reported on Tuesday was a woman, aged over 60 and under 70. At this level 1540 people have died since the start of the pandemic, 9% of the total.

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