“Statistically inflated” Covid case numbers in the Algarve

By TPN/Lusa, in News, Algarve, COVID-19 · 11-06-2021 19:08:00 · 5 Comments

PSD party members in the Algarve have stated that the covid-19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the region are being “statistically inflated”, and are calling on the Government to revise criteria to avoid setbacks and confusion.

In a note sent to the press, the Social Democrat deputies state that "the Government has established that foreign tourists in the Algarve who register a positive covid-19 test are counted for the purpose of applying measures to combat the pandemic as residents."

“However, as these visitors are not added to the residents, the numbers of covid-19 in the Algarve per 100,000 inhabitants are being statistically inflated. This fact, which had already been implied in the statements of the prime minister last week, has now been confirmed by diligence with local and regional health authorities”, they maintain.

The deputies elected in the Algarve, Cristóvão Norte, Rui Cristina and Ofélia Ramos, consider that “this decision may mean that more restrictive measures are applied to the region without any reason, so it is an unreasonable decision, without any basis and it could prove to be very damaging for the region that has suffered greater economic and social destruction during the course of the pandemic”.

In this context, the deputies call on the Government to "urgently revise the adopted criterion" proposing that, if the executive understands "that these cases must be registered in the region where they are detected, then, to preserve the rigor of the analysis, the foreign floating population – tourists – necessarily have to count for the purposes of calculating the total number of residents”.

In the note, two practical examples are presented: a region with 450,000 inhabitants, with 1200 cases in 14 days, would result in a total of 266 cases per 100,000 inhabitants; a region with 700 thousand inhabitants “(residents + foreigners on vacation)”, which registered the same number of cases in 14 days, would account for 171 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants.

“In the second case, there would be no place for restrictive measures, in the first case it would mean a retreat back to lockdown. The situation in the region would be objectively the same in both cases”, they argue.

The deputies also say that they have obtained information that "contrary to what the prime minister said, there are positive cases of national non-residents that are being registered in the region, which produces exactly the same bulging effect described above" , adding that they will deliver a request asking the Government for clarification on the matter.

“It is up to the Government, to correct this error, which can have serious consequences. Not doing so can lead to an absurd result”, they conclude.

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By Ken from Algarve on 14-06-2021 12:58

Cases, cases, cases, all so they can justify keeping the state of emergency / Calamity and continue to pass through laws completely unchallenged and unchallengeable. Keep those cases high until October when flu season hits, hospitals begin to fill as they do in any normal year and then lockdown until Spring 2022. Meanwhile, if you're under 60 and with no underlying health conditions you are statistically more likely to die from the vaccine than Covid 19 and any of its varients. The same vaccine that everyone was promised would be the freedom finish line. In the UK with 70+% of the population vaccinated and full freedoms being pushed out yet again after 15 months, my question is - does anyone out there really still believe this is solely about a virus?

By Wesley McQueen-Oliver from Lisbon on 13-06-2021 09:53

Is the survival rate of the plague still ~99%? At least we can be thankful for that...

By Marco from Algarve on 13-06-2021 11:03

Vaccinate your citizen before opening to vaccinated tourist as they still virus carriers
Your decision create too much dettes and poverety in portugal to be payed from who trust such easy stupid rush decision

By Nino from Other on 13-06-2021 09:11

As long as they don't share the daily number of tests - which should be proportional to the number of inhabitants per council - you're just getting a whole load of nonsense. Not to mention the number of cycles used per test. The higher, the more faulty. How long will pple keep buying into this?!

By Ana from Algarve on 12-06-2021 10:31
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