The DGS bulletin reveals that 856 patients are hospitalised (99 less than on Tuesday), the lowest number since 11 October, when 843 people were hospitalised.

In intensive care Portugal has 205 patients today (eight less than Tuesday), the lowest figure since 22 October, when Portugal had 200 patients in these units.

The data also indicate that 1,058 people have been reported as recovered, bringing the total number of recovered since the start of the pandemic in Portugal to 764,019.

Active cases in Portugal continue to see a decrease, with 34,829 counted today, down 400.

Since March 2020, Portugal has recorded 16,722 Covid-19-associated deaths and 815,570 cases of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus infection.

Health authorities have 15,183 contacts under surveillance, 561 fewer than the previous day, with the downward trend continuing since 30 January.

According to the latest data from the Directorate General of Health, Portugal currently has 1,200,691 people vaccinated against Covid-19: 851,022 with the first dose and 349,669 with the second dose.

Of the 15 deaths recorded in the last 24 hours, 10 occurred in Lisbon and Tagus Valley, three in the North region, one in the Centre region and one in the Algarve region.

In the Lisbon and Tagus Valley region, 245 new infections have been reported, with a total of 308,963 cases and 7,055 deaths so far.

The Northern region has 246 new infections by SARS-CoV-2 and since the beginning of the pandemic, 328,939 cases of infection and 5,284 deaths have been recorded.

In the Centre region, 84 more cases have been registered, accumulating 116,389 infections and 2,977 deaths.

In the Alentejo, 27 more cases have been reported, totalling 28,799 infections and 965 deaths since the start of the pandemic in Portugal.

The Algarve region has reported 13 new cases, totalling 20,350 infections and 349 deaths.

In the Autonomous Region of Madeira, 45 new cases have been reported, accounting for 8,218 infections and 64 deaths due to covid-19 since March 2020.

The Azores now has 13 new cases, counting 3,912 cases since the start of the pandemic and 28 deaths.

The regional authorities of the Azores and Madeira release their data daily, which may not coincide with the information released in the DGS bulletin.

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

The new coronavirus has already infected at least 369,225 men and 446,060 women in Portugal, according to data from the DGS. There are also 285 cases of unknown gender, which are under investigation as these data are not automatically provided.

Of the total number of deaths, 8,769 were men and 7,953 women.

The highest 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 deaths, 11,038 were people aged over 80, 3,543 were aged between 70 and 79 and 1,481 were aged between 60 and 69.

The pandemic caused at least 2,671,720 deaths worldwide, resulting from more than 120.6 million cases of infection, according to a report by the French agency AFP.