The number of cases has been increasing for two weeks in Portugal, but it is not reflected in admissions (on the contrary) – Observer
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The number of new cases of infection has been increasing consistently for two weeks in Portugal. On the other hand, an increasing trend in infections is not being reflected in an increase in the number of seriously ill people hospitalized with Covid-19 in the country – until you see, on the contrary.
This is a conclusion that can be drawn from the release of another daily bulletin from the Directorate General of Health regarding the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic in Portugal.
The bulletin reports that in the past 24 hours, health authorities have detected over 883 cases of infection by the new coronavirus. During the same period, four more people who were infected died.
In all, more than one million cases of infection (1,084,534) have been identified in Portugal – or confirmed with a positive diagnostic test -. Of that total, more than 18,000 people died (18,129) and more than one million people (1,035,450) were reportedly clinically recovered.
With 883 new cases detected, the number of new infections is higher than the number reported on the same day in previous weeks (612 no day 16, 704 at 9 and 690 without day 2).
This data reflects an increase in the number of cases processed that occurred over the last two weeks, in a reversal of the downward trend in the number of cases processed that was seen until the second week of October.
Since October 7th, the average of new cases for the previous seven days has been increasing consistently and gradually. On that day 7, just over two weeks ago, Portugal had an average of 569.9 new cases in the previous seven days. This Saturday, the average of new cases over the past seven days is 741.9.
This increase in the number of home cases has not been reflected in an increase in the number of hospitalized people in Portugal – which determines that new infections detected have tended to result in less severe disease symptoms. This can be partly explained by the (very high) percentage of the population already vaccinated and with some degree of protection in case of infection in Portugal.
At midnight this Saturday, they were hospitalized with Covid-19 in Portugal 274 people, 55 of which in intensive care units.
Compared to the same time the day before (0am on Friday), between new admissions and hospital judgments, there is a decrease of 10 inpatients and five patients in intensive care units.
Four and a half months ago – since June 6th – that the number of people hospitalized with Covid-19 in Portugal was not so low. The number of admissions has been falling consistently since the beginning of August, almost three months ago, when Portugal had more than 900 patients with Covid-19 (more than triple) in hospitals.
If the North and Lisbon and Vale do Tejo regions are those with the highest number of new cases detected, in absolute terms, the number of new cases in the Center region is especially significant given its geographic and population size.
In Lisbon and Tagus Valley were detected 329 new cases throughout the 24 hours of this Friday. In the North region 238 person confirms positive diagnostic test for infection. And in the Center region there are more 187 confirmed infections in just 24 hours.
The number of new cases is lower in Alentejo (51) and Algarve (41). In the autonomous regions more 21 infections in the Azores and more 16 in Madeira.
The number of active cases in Portugal has increased over the past 24 hours – there’s more 150 active cases, which brings the total number to 30,955.
The expression “active in Portugal” refers to the total number of people considered clinically informed at the moment in the country, which excludes both those who recovered and those who did not resist.
This means that in Portugal there are 30,955 people who are currently infected by the new coronavirus.
The number of active cases has remained reasonably stable in Portugal throughout this month, although it has been rising for approximately two weeks.