Health minister says UK COVID-19 variant spreading rapidly across country

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 21-01-2021 12:00:00 · 2 Comments

Around 20% of new COVID-19 cases being reported are of the more transmissible variant

The more contagious variant of the coronavirus discovered in Britain is spreading rapidly across Portugal. Around 20% of new COVID-19 cases being reported are of the more transmissible variant, Health Minister Marta Temido said, warning that number could reach 60% as early as next week. Portugal’s daily COVID-19 cases rose 40% on Wednesday from the day before to a record 14,647, with the national health system on the verge of collapse without enough intensive care beds or human resources to treat coronavirus patients.



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To begin with, it's not "less deadly": for the moment, the only thing we c can say about these new variants it's that the disease they cause doesn't seem more severe.

But this is irrelevant, because the increase in transmissibility will cause an increase in cases that require hospital care (critical or not), and as health care is a finite resource, the number of deaths, both from COVID and other conditions will rise.

By João Soares from Lisbon on 22-01-2021 09:38

More transmissible, but less deadly. Why isn't that mentioned?

By Fred Doe from Algarve on 21-01-2021 04:10
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