Transmissibility index (Rt) rises to 1.06 and incidence to 72.4

By TPN/Lusa, in News, COVID-19 · 14-04-2021 16:07:00 · 1 Comments

The transmissibility index (Rt) of the new coronavirus in Portugal rose today to 1.06 and the incidence of cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days reached 72.4, according to official data released today.

Previous figures of these indicators, released on Monday, pointed to a national Rt of 1.04 and an incidence of 70 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. In the joint epidemiological bulletin of the Directorate-General for Health and the National Institute of Health Dr. Ricardo Jorge (INSA) released today, the figures for only mainland Portugal also increase from 1.03 to 1.05 with regard to Rt and from 67.4 to 69 in relation to the average value of cases of infection per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days.

These indicators are the criteria defined by the Government for the continuous evaluation of the containment process initiated on March 15. On March 11, in the presentation of the deconfinement plan, the Prime Minister, António Costa, said that the reopening measures will be reviewed whenever Portugal exceeds the "120 new cases per day per 100,000 inhabitants to 14 days" or whenever rt - the average number of secondary cases resulting from a case infected by the virus - exceeds 1. The covid-19 pandemic has claimed at least 2,961,387 deaths worldwide, resulting from more than 137.4 million cases of infection, according to a report by The French agency AFP. In Portugal, 16,931 people died out of the 828,857 confirmed cases of infection, according to the bulletin released today by the Directorate-General for Health.

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Well done to all the Portuguese who ignored the government's advice and travelled across the country over Easter.

Now as after Christmas the rest of us will be paying the price.

By James from Algarve on 14-04-2021 06:15
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