The highest number of new infections had occurred on January 5 of this year, when 39,570 new cases were registered.

The DGS daily epidemiological bulletin records an increase in the number of people hospitalised in the ward, accounting for 1,635 admissions today, 71 more than on Tuesday, as well as an increase in intensive care units (14 more), now totalling 167.

Active cases have increased again in the last 24 hours, totalling 276,894, 7,443 more than on Tuesday, and 33,482 people have recovered from the disease, which brings the national total of recovered to 1,438,268.

Of the 20 deaths, 14 occurred in the Lisbon and Tagus Valley region, five in the North and one in the Algarve.

Hospitalizations in wards and intensive care are the highest since 10 months ago, when on March 6, 1,708 patients were hospitalised and on March 21, 170 were in intensive care units.

The North was the region with the most new cases diagnosed in the last 24 hours, 15,943, followed by Lisbon and Vale do Tejo (15,293), the Centre (4,850), Madeira (2,046), the Algarve (1,241), Alentejo ( 1,133) and the Azores (439).

Compared to the previous day, health authorities have 12,262 more contacts under surveillance, totalling 236,992 people.

According to DGS data, 14 of the 20 fatalities were over 80 years old, four were between 70 and 79 years old and one between 60 and 69 years old.

The highest number of deaths since the beginning of the pandemic is concentrated in the elderly over 80 years old (12,416), followed by the age groups between 70 and 79 years old (4,171) and between 60 and 69 years old (1,766). ).

The largest number of new diagnosed cases is in the age group between 40 and 49 years old (7,830), followed by 30 to 39 years old (6,884), 20 to 29 years old (6,732), 50 and 59 years old (6,029 ), between 10 and 19 years old (4,928), up to 9 years old (3,128), between 60 and 69 years old (2,987), between 70 and 79 years old (1,528) and elderly people over 80 years old (899) .

Since the beginning of the pandemic, in March 2020, the Lisbon and Tagus Valley region has recorded 687,850 cases and 8,079 deaths.

In the North region, there were 631,938 infections and 5,389 deaths and the Central region now has an accumulated total of 234,562 infections and 3,389 deaths.

The Algarve has a total of 68,483 infections and 602 deaths and Alentejo has 58,404 cases and 1,097 deaths from Covid-19.

The Autonomous Region of Madeira has had 37,336 infections and 132 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic and the Azores archipelago 15,770 cases and 54 deaths.

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

In Portugal, since March 2020, 19,181 people have died, 10,091 men and 9,090 women.