August 1, 2021

Almost 2500 cases and five deaths. Lisbon, North and Algarve on the rise

Portugal registered 2449 cases of covid-19 and five deaths in the last 24 hours. North region above 500 infections and Lisbon from 1300.

The fourth wave of the pandemic continues to spread across the country, maintaining its epicenter in Lisbon, which concentrates 1339 of the new 2449 cases of covid-19 registered in the last 24 hours. In the same period of time, five deaths were reported, fourth in the surroundings of the capital.

In hospitals, covid-19 is also showing signs of expansion. With five more hospitalized, the total number of hospitalized rose to 509, of which 113 in intensive care units, seven fewer than yesterday. The total number of bedridden people falls back to numbers only surpassed by the 536 (and 112 serious ones) on April 5th.

The total of 2449 cases registered today represents an increase of 87 compared to 2362 yesterday. Comparing with other Thursdays, there is an upward trend, visible in an increase of 893 cases compared to the same day last week.

Going back in the month of June, the difference passes the thousand cases if compared to the 1445 of the 17th and is accentuated when you look at the 910 of the 10th or the 769 of the first Thursday of the month that ended yesterday.

Active cases, the result of the difference between new cases and the sum of deaths and recovered, increased by more than a thousand for the second day in a row. After the 1337 of yesterday, today there are 1210 more infected in Portugal, with the total amounting to 34681 people sick with the virus of SARS-CoV-2, at midnight on Wednesday, when the report closed.

At the same time, according to the bulletin of the General Directorate of Health, there were 53260 people under surveillance, 15 fewer than the day before, and 830224 patients reported as recovered, 1234 in that period of time.

In two days, the Northern Region went from 361 to 566 cases, an increase of 205 cases, from Tuesday to Thursday, which represents, still, the highest number since the 584 of February 14, when the third wave, particularly fatal in January, began to hang. With these data, the northernmost region of the country has accumulated 346391 infections since the beginning of the pandemic, which resulted in 5366 deaths, one in the last 24 hours.

The region of Lisbon and Tagus Valley continues to be the most affected by the pandemic. It lost three lives (five yesterday) and reported 1339 cases (about 54% of the total) of covid-19, three more than on Wednesday. With this record, the surroundings of the capital accumulate 341,377 infections to which 7267 deaths were associated.

The Algarve is another region where the pandemic is showing signs of not slowing down. After yesterday’s 254 cases, the highest since 387 on February 4, the far south of the country reported 217 new infections. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Algarve region has registered 24706 infections and 365 deaths.

Lisbon and Vale do Tejo (54%), North (23%) and Algarve (8%) concentrate 85% of all new cases, this Thursday.

The remaining 15% are distributed by the Center Region, in a similar percentage to the extreme south of Portugal, reporting 235 new infections (122342) and Alentejo, which decreased from 64 to 53 new cases, from yesterday to today, recording accumulated of 31050 cases and 972 deaths.

On the islands, the numbers remained stable. More 23 cases in the Azores (6202 and 34 deaths in total) and 16 in Madeira, which accumulates 9938 infections and 70 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.

Two of the victims were over 80 years old

Of the four fatalities, two (a man and a woman) were over 80 years old. In total, among the oldest in Portugal, 11223 lives were lost, around 66% of the total of 17101 deaths registered nationwide since March 2020.

In the age group immediately before, two men died. The 70-79 age group lost 3651 lives, 21% of the national total.

The fifth dead victim is a woman, aged 60-69 years, who concentrates 9% of all deaths – 1,541 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.