Transmission rate at 0.77, lowest since start of pandemic

By TPN/Lusa, in COVID-19, News · 12-02-2021 11:21:00 · 3 Comments

The country's rate is now at its lowest level since the beginning of the pandemic," Prime Minister António Costa said at the end of the Council of Ministers meeting on 11 February.

"This decrease in new cases in these two weeks has also translated into a significant reduction in the risk of transmissibility, the famous Rt, which is currently at 0.77, the lowest the country has had since the beginning of the pandemic and is very visible in the effective reduction of new daily cases, which after a very strong growth in the month of January, has had a very significant drop in recent weeks," said António Costa at a press conference on the extension of the state of emergency.

In view of this, António Costa said that "the lockdown is producing results and thanks are due to the Portuguese for the civic sense with which they have been fulfilling it".

"However the situation remains extremely serious," said the Prime Minister, noting that Portugal continues to have in the last 14 days a level of 960 infection per 100,000 inhabitants, which according to the European Centre for Disease Control table is an extremely serious level, and that despite the "downward trajectory" of recent weeks in the number of daily cases, the level of hospital admissions is still high.

"This high number of inpatients also translates into a very high number of inpatients in intensive care units. We have been asked many times throughout this pandemic what the limit was and every week the limit has been exceeded. And the truth is that with an extraordinary effort by our professionals and the mobilisation of all resources, it has been possible to respond to what is needed", said António Costa.

About the "extremely high number of deaths" that the country continues to register, António Costa said that the country cannot "conform" with "absolutely unacceptable" numbers.

"If we compare them with the maximum number of deaths that we had in the first wave, when we all mobilised to fight this pandemic, with the numbers that we continue to have today, we realise that these values are absolutely unacceptable," he argued.

Related articles


To Francis:

You are communist Nazi!

how about we put in prison for 10 years anyone who advocates fascist totalitarian ideology to terrorise the population, and violate freedom of speech and movement. People like you are tyrants!

Why don’t you move t9 nth Korea. You loser.

By Hyy from Algarve on 13-02-2021 09:29

Francis you are an absolute Moron.

By Joe from Other on 12-02-2021 03:47

Good day lovely people of Portuguese

I would like to make a suggestion by which the government of Portugal can open their activities back
The government should make wearing of nose mask a mandatory for everyone,if you aren't putting on your nose mask the police should arrest the person and pay a fine of €500 it will be more ok like that
Thank you

By Francis from Other on 12-02-2021 11:55
Interactive Topics, send us your comments/opinion on this article.

Please note that The Portugal News may use selected comments in the printed edition of the newspaper.