Today's epidemiological bulletin also reveals that 5,779 people are hospitalised, 149 more than on Thursday, of which 715 are in intensive care units, that is, 13 more, two values ??that also represent new highs since the beginning of the pandemic.

The daily number of new active cases has also risen to the highest ever up to 157,660 are currently active, an increase of 6,434 cases in the last 24 hours.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, in March 2020, Portugal has already registered 9,920 deaths associated with covid-19 and 609,136 infections by SARS-CoV-2.

Health authorities have 200,730 contacts under surveillance, 7,830 more than the previous day.

The bulletin also records that more than 7,319 people were recovered, bringing the number of recovered to 441,556 since the beginning of the pandemic in Portugal.

Regarding the 234 deaths recorded in the last 24 hours, 111 occurred in Lisbon and Vale do Tejo, 48 in the Centre region, 46 in the North region, 19 in the Alentejo, eight in the Algarve region and two in the Autonomous region of Madeira.

In the region of Lisbon and the Tagus Valley, 5,983 new infections were reported, with 208,695 cases and 3,636 deaths so far.

The North region registered an additional 4,270 new infections by SARS-CoV-2 in the last 24 hours and since the beginning of the pandemic it has counted 275,164 cases of infection and 3,965 deaths.

Lisbon and the Tagus Valley and the North region represent 73.3% of infections at national level.

In the Central region, 2,670 more cases were recorded, with a total of 84,162 infections and 1,646 deaths.

In the Alentejo, 491 more cases were reported, totalling 20,721 infections and 482 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic in Portugal.

The Algarve region has today reported 459 new cases, totalling 14,170 infections and 148 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.

Madeira registered 84 new cases. This autonomous region accounts for 3,078 infections and 31 deaths due to covid-19.

In the Autonomous Region of the Azores, 30 new cases were registered in the last 24 hours, totalling 3,146 infections and 22 deaths.

Confirmed cases are distributed across all age groups, with the highest number of infections between 20 and 59 years of age.

Of the total fatalities, 5,159 were men and 4,761 women.

The largest number of deaths continues to be concentrated in the elderly over 80 years old, followed by the age group between 70 and 79 years old.

Of the total 9,920 deaths, 6,688 affected people over 80 years old, 2,028 aged between 70 and 79 years old and 825 were between 60 and 69 years old.