All regions of mainland Portugal considered to be at high risk

By TPN/Lusa, in News, COVID-19 · 09-07-2021 13:38:00 · 9 Comments

All regions of mainland Portugal are now considered to be at high risk on the maps of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), which aim to assist travel decisions, due to the worsening of the covid-19 pandemic.

After several months in the "orange" - and without ever having gone "green" like many of the countries of the European Union (EU) - mainland Portugal has now gone "red" (high risk) in ECDC's indicator maps combined, covering case notification rates in the last 14 days, number of tests performed, and total positives, which are updated weekly on Thursday.

The category "red" means that, in these regions, the cumulative rate of notification of cases of infection in the last 14 days varies from 75 to 200 per 100,000 inhabitants or is greater than 200 and less than 500 per 100,000 inhabitants and the rate of test positivity is 4 percent or more.

The Azores and Madeira are the only regions in Portugal that are not in the "red", with the Azorean archipelago in the "orange" - referring to territories where the notification rate of new infections is 50 to 75 per 100 thousand inhabitants in the last 14 days or between 75 and 200 per 100,000 inhabitants and the test positivity rate is 1 percent or 4 percent or more, respectively and Madeira being the only 'green' region (less than 50 new cases and a positivity rate of less than 4 percent , or less than 75 cases but with a positivity rate of less than 1 percent).

Last February, and due to the high numbers of infections, Portugal was even in the “dark red” category of ECDC maps, used for areas where the virus is circulating at very high levels. These maps from the European agency follow a system of traffic lights on the propagation of covid-19 in the EU, starting with green (favorable situation), passing through orange, red and dark red (very dangerous situation), and serve as an aid to State members on the restrictions to apply to travel within the community space, which means that whoever travels from Portugal may be subjected to tests and quarantines on arrival in other European countries, and this is always a national decision.

Yesterday's update of ECDC, already in the middle of the tourist season, comes after Germany earlier this month classified Portugal as an area with “concern variants”, namely due to the spread of the Delta strain, and France, on Wednesday, having advised against non-essential trips to Portugal, as well as Spain. In today's updated EU map, only Cyprus is in the “dark red”, but practically all of Spain is now also in the “red”, with the exception of Galicia and Castilla La Mancha. In mid-June, the EU Council adopted a recommendation for a coordinated approach to travel, proposing that vaccinated and recovered from covid-19 should not be subjected to restrictive measures such as quarantines or testing.


Get vaccinated, wear the mask to protect others, stay at home if you have any symptoms, quarantene if you have been exposed even if you don't have symptoms.

By Goran Nelson from Algarve on 11-07-2021 06:21

So far all the comments except for those from Pedro and Wes are spot on!

By SS from Algarve on 10-07-2021 05:51

The comments so far on this article beggar belief.

By Pedro from Porto on 10-07-2021 08:19

I used to fly every 6 months to the West Coast from Miami, USA and I always caught a cold from the recycled air on the plane that had me down for 24 hours. When SARS hit the US in 2003 I stated wearing a mask flying; never got sick again so always wear a mask now. For those of you that are not Disease Scientists, spreading hearsay of misinformed non-factual attitudes especially now that Delta Variant is now "Plus" will influence others NOT to take the vaccine or wear a mask. I suppose it will take the death of a cherished family member or lover to expose you to "the facts." Over 600,000 dead from this in the US, 4ml the world; what "flu" does that? The ONLY way out of this pandemic is to get vaccinated and wear a mask and you can go anywhere, simple like that. Let's not pout and complain like kids that don't get their way because those of you that DON'T vaccinate and mask-up are the contributors to a "never ending" siege and Delta Variant Plus is 60X more spreadable and infectious than Covid 19 before it mutated. FACT, 96% of unvaccinated people that get this DIE! I hope these FACTS you can research will convince those only thinking of themselves and what a "terrible inconvenience" it is and "people can't see beautiful me" don't lose a loved one before they respect reality and do their best to quell this plague.

By Wes Bradley from USA on 10-07-2021 06:01

There is only a PCR pandemic. Stop testing healthy people and all goes away. Stop the nonsense

By Fredo from Algarve on 09-07-2021 07:39

let's stay locked at home for 3 months in spring and then there will be no coronavirus in summer. Didn't work ? hmmm weird :)

By SS from Porto on 09-07-2021 06:40

Its pretty damn obvious Portugal is being targeted by the rest of Europe due its preferred choice by tourists due to the great weather / sun/ natural beauty.
They will do anything to disrupt freedom of enjoyment by the people.
Anything to clamp down happiness is their agenda.
Expose those nefarious 'creatures' sitting in Brussels, Paris, and Berlin.

By Jorge from Lisbon on 09-07-2021 05:51

Your obedience is prolonging this nightmare. Obedient citizens are the problem, not this flu.

By Fred Doe from Algarve on 09-07-2021 04:22

The answer is simple. Stop testing, we know it’s here!

By Ian from Lisbon on 09-07-2021 03:20
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