The daily epidemiological bulletin of the DGS also registers a new increase in the number of hospitalized people, totalling 971 admissions today, 35 more than on Tuesday, 151 in intensive care units, one less in the last 24 hours.

Active cases increased again in the last 24 hours, totalling 136,020, 21,479 more than on Tuesday, and 5,376 people recovered from the disease, increasing the national total of recoveries to 1,175,217.

Of the 12 deaths, five occurred in the Lisbon and Vale do Tejo region, three in the Centre, two in the Algarve, one in the North and one in the autonomous region of Madeira.

Lisbon and Vale do Tejo continues to be the region with the most new cases diagnosed in the last 24 hours, totalling 11,958, followed by the North (9,069), the Centre (3,384), Madeira (771), the Algarve (709), Alentejo (700) and Azores (276).

Compared to the previous day, health authorities have 8,302 more contacts under surveillance, totalling 142,947 people.

According to data from the DGS, the majority of daily deaths continue to be registered among the elderly over 80 years old, a total of six, followed by the age group from 70 to 79, with four deaths registered, with two deaths still occurring among 60 and 69 years old.

The greatest number of deaths since the beginning of the pandemic is concentrated in the elderly over 80 years old (12,279), followed by the age groups between 70 and 79 years old (4,093) and between 60 and 69 years old (1,742 ).

Since the beginning of the pandemic, in March 2020, the region of Lisbon and Vale do Tejo has registered 516,684 cases and 7,962 deaths.

In the North region there were 487,251 infections and 5,765 deaths and the Centre region now has a cumulative total of 189,553 infections and 3,355 deaths.

The Algarve has a total of 57,533 infections and 579 deaths and the Alentejo has 46,975 cases and 1,086 deaths due to covid-19.

Since the start of the pandemic, the Autonomous Region of Madeira has 20,451 infections and 123 deaths, and the Azores archipelago 11,711 cases and 51 deaths.

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

In Portugal, since March 2020, 18,921 people have died, 9,935 among men and 8,986 among women.