Covid-19: Portugal has the lowest transmissibility index in Europe

Transmissibility index is below 1 across the continent

Portugal currently has the transmission index (Rt) of the SARS-CoV-2 virus “lowest in Europe”, with an estimated value for the last five days of 0,74 for the national territory, revealed today the researcher Baltazar Nunes.

"We continue to present the lowest Rt in Europe and with an incidence already close to 120 [new cases] per 100 inhabitants," said Dr. Ricardo Jorge (INSA) epidemiologist from the National Health Institute at the meeting held at Infarmed, in Lisbon, which brings together experts and politicians to analyze and assess the country's epidemiological situation.

However, the INSA researcher, who is part of the group of experts that supports the Government in decision-making in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, underlined that the “decreasing trend [in incidence] has been slowing down” and warned that the transmissibility index is “below 1 across the continent, but higher than 1 in the autonomous regions” of Madeira and the Azores.