The incidence rate of infections with SARS-CoV-2 in the last 14 days dropped again today, now standing below 100 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, but there was a slight increase in the transmissibility index.
Nationally, an incidence rate dropped from 101.7 cases per 100,000 population to 94.3, below the threshold of 100 cases for the first time since June 16, according to the joint epidemiological bulletin of the Directorate-General for Health and the Doctor Ricardo Jorge National Health Institute released today.
In mainland Portugal, this indicator dropped from 103 cases of infection to 95.1.
The Rt – which estimates the number of secondary cases of infection of each person carrying the virus – registered a slight increase since Friday, from 0.89 to 0.91 nationally and from 0.89 to 0.90 in Continental Portugal.
Despite the increase, Portugal remains in the green zone of the risk matrix.
The Rt data and the incidence of new cases per 100,000 inhabitants within 14 days – indicators that make up the risk matrix for monitoring the pandemic – are produced by health authorities on Monday, Wednesday and Friday .
The risk level in the covid-19 pandemic monitoring matrix is fixed at 480 cases per 100,000 population at 14 days.
According to the Government portal for covid-19, “the monitoring of the evolution of the pandemic will continue to be carried out based on the indicators of incidence and Rt, adapted according to the evolution of vaccination (alert level is 240, level risk is 480) ”.
Covid-19 has caused at least 4,798,207 deaths worldwide, among more than 234.85 million infections by the new coronavirus registered since the start of the pandemic, according to the latest report by the Agence France-Presse.
In Portugal, since March 2020, 18,000 people have died and 1,071,307 cases of infection have been recorded, according to data from the Directorate-General for Health.
The respiratory disease is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, detected in late 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China, and currently with variants identified in several countries.