“As of 9 June, 92 cases of the Delta variant (B.1.617.2 or associated with India) have been identified. There is community transmission of this variant, more evident in the Lisbon and Vale do Tejo region”, says the monitoring report of the "red lines" of the pandemic released yesterday by the General Directorate of Health (DGS) and by the National Institute of Health Doctor Ricardo Jorge (INSA).

In the previous report, released on June 4, the INSA stated that 74 cases of this variant had been registered and admitted that, given the various introductions in the country, it could have been community transmission, which has now been confirmed.

The DGS and INSA report, in addition to estimating that the Alpha variant is responsible for 88.4 percent of the cases of infection in Portugal, adds that, as of June 9, 111 cases of the Beta variant, associated with South Africa, have been identified and 142 cases of Gama, associated with Manaus in Brazil.

“Maintaining this growth rate, the time to reach the cumulative incidence rate of 14 days of 120 cases per 100,000 inhabitants will be 15 to 30 days for the national level, with this threshold having been exceeded in Lisbon and Vale do Tejo”, states the red line report.