After becoming dominant in Portugal, the Ómicron variant is now responsible for 82.9% of infections in Portugal. The evolution of the variant is one of the safeguards of the most recent report of the red lines of the General Directorate of Health (DGS) and the Ricardo Jorge Institute (INSA).
The INSA weekly report on the epidemic curve states that the five-day average of Rt – which estimates the number of secondary cases of a person carrying the virus – has registered a “sharp increase” since December 12, and is now 1, 35 nationally.
By region, this indicator is highest in Lisbon and Vale do Tejo (1.42), followed by the North (1.40), the Azores (1.39), Alentejo (1.28), Madeira ( 1.26), the Center (1.18) and the Algarve (1.06).
“Portugal presents an accumulated notification rate of 14 days superior to 960 per 100 thousand inhabitants and a Rt superior to 1, that is, a very high notification rate with a growing trend”, the report refers.
The average number of daily cases of infection in the last five days increased to 12,407 in the country, when in the previous week it was 5,255, being higher in Lisbon and Vale do Tejo (5,888), followed by the North (3,876), the Center (1,389) , Algarve (370), Alentejo (283), Madeira (363) and Azores (115).
On Tuesday, the Minister of Health, Marta Temido, estimated that Portugal should reach 37,000 new cases of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus in the first week of January, due to the Ómicron variant, considered by specialists to be more transmissible than a Delta.
With regard to the accumulation of new cases within 14 days, the INSA report indicates that the North, Lisbon and Vale do Tejo, Algarve and Madeira regions have an incidence rate above 960 per 100,000 inhabitants, while the Center and Alentejo have between 480 and 959.9 cases and the Azores between 240 and 479.9 infections.
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