Portugal counts this Wednesday nine more deaths and 828 new cases of covid-19, according to the daily report of the General Directorate of Health (DGS).
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Portugal has registered 18,065 deaths and 1,077,186 cases of infection by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, taking 30,034 active cases today, 197 more than yesterday.
The DGS bulletin reveals that they are admitted 335 patients, 10 fewer than yesterday. In intensive care there are 54 patients, minus two.
The data also indicate that over 622 patients were reported as recovered, bringing to 1,029,087 the total number of recoveries since the beginning of the pandemic in Portugal, in March 2020.
Health authorities have 21,685 contacts under surveillance, 831 less than the previous day.
INCIDENCE RATE AND RT DATA
According to the joint epidemiological bulletin of the General Directorate of Health and the National Institute of Health Doctor Ricardo Jorge released this Wednesday, a national incidence rate (average of new cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days) fell to 83.2 cases (it was at 82.9)
In mainland Portugal, an incidence rate is also in the 83.2 cases (was in the 82.7).
The Rt – which estimates the number of secondary cases of infection in a person carrying the virus – rose to 0.97 (was at 0.92) nationally and to 0.98 in mainland Portugal (was at 0.92).
Data from Rt and the incidence of new cases per 100,000 inhabitants at 14 days – indicators that make up a risk matrix for monitoring the pandemic – are by the health authorities on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
People with a complete vaccination schedule for more than 14 days no longer need to take covid-19 screening tests in some contexts, such as family gatherings and cultural, sporting or cooperative events, according to the Directorate-General for Health (DGS).
The standard updated by DGS this Wednesday, it indicates that the testicles are also exempt from periodic screening residents, users and professionals in some places, including Integrated Continuous Care units and institutions supporting migrants and refugees, as well as in compulsory prisons and educational centerss that present complete scheme for more than 14 days.
In nursing homes, the indication for periodic tests to residents, users and professionals is maintained., regardless of their vaccination status, as an additional protective measure for these most vulnerable populations.
More of 8.8 million people already have full vaccination in Portugal, which corresponds to 85% of the population. The northern region of the continent where there is a higher percentage of the population fully vaccinated (87%), released this to the General Directorate of Health (DGS).
According to the weekly DGS report on vaccination, which counts vaccination from December 27, 2020 until last Sunday, the Algarve region is unique with a complete vaccination rate below 80% (79%).
New drugs against covid-19 awaiting authorization in the EU
This week two laboratories came forward with news on drugs to treat and prevent the disease.
The Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche has filed a marketing application in the European Union for the cocktail of synthetics against covid-19, the Ronapreve, manufactured in conjunction with the North American Regeneron, announced this Monday by the European regulator.
This Monday, AstraZenca announced positive results from a cocktail of in phase 3 clinical trials, the drugmaker announced in a statement.
More than 4.8 million deaths worldwide
Covid-19 has caused at least 4,853,570 deaths worldwide, among more than 238,150,550 infections with the new coronavirus registered since the start of the pandemic, according to the most recent report by the Agence France-Presse.
Covid-19 is a respiratory disease caused by the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus detected in late 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China. However, new variants emerged, namely those identified in countries such as the United Kingdom, India, South Africa, Brazil and Peru.
The vast majority of patients recover, but some show symptoms for several weeks or even months.