Alcoutim, with a cumulative 14-day incidence of 5200 cases per 100 inhabitants, is the municipality in the Algarve with the highest incidence of Covid-19, according to the bulletin this Friday, the 21st, of the Directorate-General for Health ( DGS).
O top 3 of the Algarve municipalities with the highest incidence rate is completed by Albufeira (4780) and Lagos (4496). The Algarve municipality where the incidence is lowest is Monchique (1506).
However, taking into account that the incidence rate is related to the population of each municipality, these data do not mean that Alcoutim has many active cases of Covid-19. The fact is that, being the municipality with the fewest inhabitants in the entire Algarve, any new case causes the incidence rate in Alcoutim to skyrocket.
It is enough to see that this municipality in the Northeast Algarve, despite having an incidence of 5200, has only 69 active cases, while Albufeira, for example, with an incidence of 4780, has 2197 active cases (see the chart below).
In any case, all Algarve municipalities, despite being at the maximum level of “extreme risk” (over 960), are well below the record holders (Câmara de Lobos, with 11918, or Funchal, with 10205, both in Madeira) or even municipalities like Braga (7090), Vizela (8959) or Cabeceiras de Basto (9635).
In the whole country, including the Autonomous Regions, there are only five municipalities that are not at “extreme risk” and four of them are located in the Azores.
Thus, with “very high risk” (480-959,9), there are Calheta and Velas, in the Azores, and Mourão, in the Alentejo. With “high risk” (240-479,9), only Santa Cruz da Graciosa and Corvo are found, both in the Azorean archipelago.
According to the national risk matrix, which was updated today, despite the decrease in the transmissibility index R(t), which is now at 1,10, both at the national level and taking into account only mainland Portugal, the average incidence rose to 4731,3 cases of infection per 100 thousand inhabitants, across the country, and to 4674 cases, excluding the Autonomous Regions.
Returning to the Algarve, as can be seen in detail in the graphs provided by the DGS that can be downloaded by clicking here, this is the distribution of incidences in the 16 Algarve municipalities, from the highest to the lowest: Alcoutim (5200), Albufeira (4780), Lagos (4496), Portimão (3973), Faro (3958), Loulé (3531), Lagoa (3443), Olhão (3303), Vila Real de Santo António (3262), Silves (3075), São Brás de Alportel (2863), Tavira (2708), Castro Marim (2598) ), Aljezur (2590), Vila do Bispo (2195), and finally Monchique (1506).