DGS: Portugal registers “very significant decrease in incidence” of Covid-19

UK variant has a prevalence of 67,6% in Alentejo and 40% in Algarve

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Portugal registers a “very significant and expressive decrease in the incidence” of covid-19 in the last 14 days and already has “vast areas of territory” with less than 240 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants, revealed today André Peralta Santos.

At the meeting that brings together epidemiologists, public health specialists and political leaders at the headquarters of Infarmed, in Lisbon, the representative of the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) highlighted the positive evolution of the pandemic over the past few weeks and highlighted that all regions of the The country is in a phase of decreasing incidence, which was already widespread at the last meeting, with the exception of the autonomous region of Madeira.

“There was a consolidation of this trend and a very significant and expressive decrease in incidence. There is an incidence of 322 cases per 100 inhabitants and a very sharp weekly variation. There are areas of the territory with still particularly high incidences, such as Lisbon and Vale do Tejo, Alentejo and Centro, between 480 and 960 cases per 100 inhabitants, but there are already vast areas of the territory with an incidence of less than 240 cases per 100 inhabitants" , he stressed.

In terms of age, André Peralta Santos noted that “the downward trend of all age groups remains”, with the population aged 80 and over still being “the group with the highest incidence at the moment”, despite being “ reduced and with incidence levels at the level of November”.

Regarding hospitalizations in wards and intensive care, “there is also a consolidation of the descent”, although slower in intensive care units. The DGS expert then focused the analysis on the North and Lisbon and Vale do Tejo regions, noting the best performance in this third wave in the North, with a mortality lower than the national figures, unlike the capital region.

André Peralta Santos presented a chart with the numbers of geographic dispersion of the SARS-CoV-2 variant identified in the United Kingdom, presenting different estimates of prevalence in the different regions: North, with 34,2%; Center, with 32,2%; Lisbon and Vale do Tejo, with 56,6%; Alentejo, with 67,6%; and Algarve, with 40%, although there were also different confidence intervals for these projections.

Click here to see the risk levels in the Algarve, according to DGS.