According to the daily epidemiological bulletin, 1,560 people are hospitalised today, 86 fewer than on Wednesday, while in intensive care units there are 106 people, plus five, although not all hospitalisations are due to Covid-19.

The number of active cases increased today to 468,534, 2,026 more than on Wednesday, and in the last 24 hours 9,591 people were reported to have recovered, for a total of 2,741,600 since the beginning of the pandemic.

There has not been such a low daily number of deaths since January 7, the day on which there were 17 deaths from Covid-19 in Portugal.

The number of patients admitted to the ward is also the lowest since January 9, when 1,449 people were hospitalised.

In the last 24 hours, 10,640 contacts were no longer under surveillance, but the health authorities still keep 448,694 people in these conditions.

Of the 19 deaths in the last 24 hours, six occurred in the Lisbon and Tagus Valley region, five in the North, four in the Algarve, three in the Centre and one in Madeira, with no deaths recorded in the Alentejo and Azores.

By age group, 13 elderly people over 80 years old, two people between 70 and 79 years old, two between 60 and 69 years old and two between 50 and 59 years old died.

Most of the new infections were diagnosed in the Lisbon and Tagus Valley region, with 3,637 infections, followed by the Centre, with 2,574 more, the North (2,490), the Azores (859), the Alentejo (775), the Algarve (739) and Madeira (562).

Since the beginning of the pandemic, in March 2020, the Lisbon and Tagus Valley region has recorded 1,144,337 cases and 8,695 deaths.

In the North region, there were 1,222,707 infections and 6,411 deaths and the Central region now has an accumulated total of 484,552 infections and 3,714 deaths.

The Algarve has a total of 131,959 infections and 683 deaths and the Alentejo has 115,463 cases and 1,168 deaths from covid-19.

The Autonomous Region of Madeira has had 76,632 infections and 185 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic and the Azores archipelago 55,455 cases and 85 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.

According to DGS, 1,504,520 cases of infection were recorded in men and 1,723,683 in women, with 2,872 cases of unknown sex, which are under investigation, since this information is not provided automatically.

Since March 2020, 11,011 men and 9,930 women have died from Covid-19.