Foreigners account for a third of Algarve Covid cases

By TPN/Lusa, in Nachrichten, COVID-19, Algarve · 18-06-2021 15:32:00 · 0 Kommentare

As Covid cases in the Algarve triple in a week, a third of Covid-19 cases in the Algarve have been attributed to foreigners, mostly tourists, according to the regional Health delegate.

Since 1 June, there have been a total of 456 positive cases in the region, of which 34 percent were people of other nationalities, with a higher incidence in the British (46 percent), French (10 percent) and Brazilians (9 percent), revealed Ana Cristina Guerreiro at a press conference.

According to the official, there are municipalities where cases involving foreigners, whether residents or tourists, represent more than 50 percent of the total, with Albufeira topping the list(65 percent) followed by Aljezur (57 percent) and Tavira (54 percent).

The number of Covid-19 cases in the Algarve has tripled in the last week, from an average of 26 cases per day, until the beginning of this week, to 84, in the last three days, putting the incidence rate of the disease at 117 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

For the regional Health delegate, the calculation of the number of cases for the resident population "is a mistake", since the usual population "is much smaller than what we have at the moment or we will have in July and August" .

Ana Cristina Guerreiro revealed that she had already given the “alert” to “all higher structures”, suggesting that the solution could be to “calculate the incidence “with the estimated population present at that time” in the municipality.

"This number of cases, which is in the numerator of foreign nationalities and national visitors to the region, which we also have, is not in the denominator and, therefore, it is a wrong calculation", she said.

The Health delegate thus joins the mayors of the region, who are demanding a change in the calculation formula, namely the mayors of Loulé and Albufeira, who today asked for a count of tourists so that the calculation is proportional to the real number of people who are in the counties.



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