Number of infections increasing

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 06-01-2021 12:00:00 · 6 Comments

The Director General of Health, on 5 January, pointed to an "apparent trend" towards an increase in the number of cases of contagion from the new coronavirus, which are occupying between 70% and 90% of hospital admissions capacity.

Graça Freitas noted that there is "an apparent tendency for the numbers [of cases of contagion] to increase", noting that the last two weeks, atypical for having had fewer working days, cause variations.

Mainland Portugal has 417 active outbreaks of the new coronavirus, particularly in old people's homes, she said, stressing that in those homes vaccination will be delayed for at least 28 days.

"In a home with an active outbreak, which has cases at that time, obviously the vaccination is postponed," Graça Freitas said during the press conference accompanying the Covid-19 in Portugal.

"It is only a postponement, because you don't vaccinate in an outbreak", she reiterated, indicating that there were homes where vaccination was planned for this week, which had registered cases in the meantime and therefore had to be postponed.

Of the 417 active outbreaks, 284 are in the Lisbon and Tagus Valley region, 55 in the north, 29 in Alentejo, 25 in the centre region and 24 in the Algarve, "mainly identified in residential structures for the elderly, less in schools and some in health institutions".

Graça Freitas said that the new variant of SARS-CoV-2 first identified in the United Kingdom, which is already circulating in Portugal and other countries, is being studied by the health authorities and the Portuguese scientific community.

For the time being, it is known to have a greater capacity to spread, although it is not identified as "more serious, aggressive or virulent".

However, just because of this greater capacity to spread, "it may have an increased risk" in increasing hospitalisations and deaths, she noted.

The Director General of Health said that the National Health Service, even with an increase in the number of cases, "will certainly still have the capacity to adapt by reorganising its care offer.

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James is a shill for this silly online newspapaer... lock every one up is all he spouts with no proper evidence or peer reviewed papers to back up the claims. Stop falling for this total BS, switch off your TV and stop reading any mainstream information or social media and concentrate on what is happening in your own street/ town... overnight the problem goes away...

By Ricardo from Algarve on 06-07-2021 07:22



By William from Other on 06-01-2021 07:54

It is precisely because of those types of irrational conspiracy theory beliefs that we are where we are today.
All those people wandering around spreading the virus because it didn't affest them will lead to even greater economic damage.
Tell ER doctors the virus is fake.
The fake news crowd are the greatest danger to society

By James from Algarve on 06-01-2021 07:18

You mean positive tested. It should be going about people getting in the hospital because of corona and these are very few. But let's keep the fear up and there we go with the next lock down.......that will also not work. As soon as the weather gets better the virus will magically disappear, as with the flu. Stay scared comrades and get the vaccine but you will still have to wear a face mask, social distancing and prepare for more lock-downs.

By Pedro from Lisbon on 06-01-2021 02:11

the coronavirus scam will be used by politicians (idiots) to control you forever. Every time they need more control..."CASES UP!!!!!"

when will people around the world realize the problem is not coronavirus (flu), it is corruption.

Corrupt politicians, corrupt medical practitioners, big pharma etc. you are their little petrie dish and they own you.

By rod from USA on 06-01-2021 02:06

The government simply cannot carry on burying it's head in the sand.
The decisions made around Christmas were disastrous and have caused a massive spike in community spread across Portugal.
More than 60 % of new infections in the USA were as a result of people eating in restaurants and yet they have been kept open here.
The country has no choice but to enter another immediate lockdown in order to control this devastating virus.
The longer this is delayed the greater the damage and the longer will be the economic recovery time.
Tough decisions are often not the popular one's,but what is needed now is strong and decisive leadership

By James from Algarve on 06-01-2021 12:25
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