According to the epidemiological bulletin released today, 1,799 people are hospitalised, 137 less than on Friday, while in intensive care units there are 118 people (minus nine), although not all hospitalisations are due to Covid-19, and may be motivated by other pathologies.

The number of active cases decreased today to 504,185, 12,705 fewer than on Friday, and in the last 24 hours, 26,828 people were reported to have recovered, for a total of 2,653,049 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Portugal recorded, for the second consecutive day, less than 2,000 hospitalisations, the lowest value of the last month, with identical numbers on January 16, when 1,813 were hospitalised in hospital wards.

Intensive care also registers an occupation similar to that of the beginning of December 2021.

In the last 24 hours, 12,965 contacts were no longer under surveillance, but the health authorities still keep 521,186 people in these conditions.

Since March 2020, at least 3,178,029 people have been infected with SARS-CoV-2 in Portugal and 20,796 deaths associated with covid-19 have been declared.

Of the 37 deaths from covid-19 in the last 24 hours, 16 took place in the North region, 11 in the Lisbon and Tagus Valley areas, eight in the Centre region, one in the Algarve and one in the Alentejo.

By age, two of the people with Covid-19 who died in the last 24 hours were between 50 and 59, two between 60 and 69, 11 between 70 and 79 and 22 were 80 or older.

Most of the new infections were diagnosed in the Lisbon and Tagus Valley region, with 4,505 infections, followed by the North (3,194), the Centre (2,624), the Azores (1,525), the Algarve (836), the Alentejo (907) and Madeira (569).

Since the beginning of the pandemic, in March 2020, the Lisbon and Tagus Valley region has recorded 1,126,848 cases and 8,644 deaths.

In the North region, there were 1,210,395 infections and 6,366 deaths and the Central region now has an accumulated total of 473,313 infections and 3,686 deaths.

The Algarve has a total of 128,606 infections and 674 deaths and Alentejo has 112,191 cases and 1,161 deaths from covid-19.

The Autonomous Region of Madeira has, since the beginning of the pandemic, 74,270 infections and 182 deaths and the Azores archipelago 52,406 cases and 83 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.

Since March 2020, 10,943 men and 9,853 women have died from Covid-19.