Portugal broke a new record for Covid-19 cases, having exceeded the threshold of 50 new infections, but the country recorded a further drop in the number of patients hospitalized in Intensive Care Units, according to the epidemiological bulletin of the Directorate-General for Health. (DGS) this Wednesday, January 19th.
At the national level, Portugal today registers 52.549 cases, the highest number since the beginning of the pandemic, in March 2020. As for the Algarve, another 1.960 infected were reported, on a day without deaths from Covid-19 in the region.
Compared to last year, the reality remains quite different. On January 19, 2021, Portugal had 10.455 new cases, but 218 deaths. In hospitals, there were 5.291 patients in the ward, 670 in Intensive Care Units.
Now, the number of admissions has risen in the last 24 hours, and there are now 1.959 patients admitted to Portuguese hospitals, due to the pandemic (+4), of which 153 are in Intensive Care (-7). A year ago there were almost three times as many hospitalized and nearly four and a half times as many in the ICU.
Looking at today's report, by regions, the North has the highest number of new cases (+22.455). This is followed by Lisbon and Vale do Tejo (+16.192), the Center (+7.744), the Algarve (+1.960), Madeira (1.865), Alentejo (+1.502) and the Azores (+831).
However, this very sharp increase in new cases is not reflected in deaths, with the DGS reporting 33 fatalities to be regretted, with deaths recorded in Lisbon and Vale do Tejo (15), North (10), Center (5) , Alentejo (1), Madeira (1) and Azores (1).
In 24 hours, a further 28.825 people recovered, for a total of 1.627.279, and there was a large increase in active cases (+23.691) to 356.477 patients.
As for accumulated numbers, in Portugal, since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been 2.003.169 cases and 19.413 deaths from Covid-19.
The risk matrix was updated today, revealing an incidence that has never been higher, but with R(t) continuing to decline.
OR(t), the transmissibility index, dropped to 1,11, nationally, and to 1,10, taking into account only mainland Portugal.
The incidence rose to 4490,9 cases of infection per 100 inhabitants, nationally, and to 4437,4 cases, excluding the islands.
As for contacts under surveillance, there are 359.893 today, 34.939 more than in yesterday's DGS bulletin.