According to the epidemiological bulletin of the Directorate-General for Health (DGS), released today, 361 people are now hospitalised, one more than on Monday, of which 60 are in intensive care units, two less in the last 24 hours.

Of the eight deaths, five occurred in the North region, two in the Algarve and one in the Centre.

According to the DGS, seven of the victims were over 80 years old and one between 60 and 69.

Since March 2020, 18,217 people have died and 1,099,307 cases of infection have been recorded.

The greatest number of deaths continues to be concentrated among the elderly over 80 years old (11,888), followed by the age group between 70 and 79 years old (3,900) and from 60 to 69 years old (1,657).

Of the total number of fatalities registered to date in Portugal, 9,549 were men and 8,668 women.

Data released by the DGS also show that in the last 24 hours active cases decreased, minus 109, to a total of 33,743, and that 1,283 people were reported as recovered from covid-19, which increases the national total to 1,047,347 recovered.

In the last 24 hours, the number of contacts under surveillance by the health authorities rose (+414), standing at 25,264.

Among the new infections, the age group from 20 to 29 years old (over 210) stands out, followed by 40 to 49 years old (over 181), from 30 to 39 years old (over 169), from 50 to 59 years old (over 143) , up to nine years old (142) from 60 to 69 years old (over 112), from 10 to 19 years old (over 103, from 70 to 79 years old (over 83), over 80 years old (over 37).

The highest number of infections in the last 24 hours occurred in the Lisbon and Vale do Tejo region, where 410 were reported, with 424,393 cases and 7,754 deaths so far in this geographic area.

The Northern region registered 319 new infections by SARS-CoV-2, totalling 418,424 cases of infection and 5,608 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic crisis.

In the Centre region there were 316 more cases, totalling 148,970 infections and 3,193 deaths.

The regions of Lisbon and Vale do Tejo, North and Centre account for around 85% of new cases.

In the Alentejo, 31 new cases of infection were reported, totalling 40,405 infections and 1,056 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.

In the Algarve region, today's DGS bulletin counts 42 new cases, accumulating 44,561 infections by SARS-CoV-2 and 484 deaths.

The Autonomous Region of Madeira recorded 40 new cases, totalling 13,058 infections and 76 deaths due to the covid-19 disease since March 2020.

In the last 24 hours, and according to DGS, the Azores registered 24 new cases, which raises to 9,496 infections since the beginning of the pandemic and 46 deaths due to the disease.

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