The new numbers revealed by the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) reveal that, after the usual decrease at the weekend, on Monday the number of cases have grown again, reaching 33,939 new positive cases.

Data from the health authorities also indicate that since February 8, Portugal has not had so many new cases of SARS-CoV-2 and that the number now reached, in a single day, had only been exceeded during the so-called fifth wave, when at the end of January there were days with around 65,000 cases in 24 hours.

Less serious

Specialists have stressed that this sixth wave is having less serious consequences for health, with a lower incidence of hospitalisations and deaths than in the first waves of the pandemic that arrived in Portugal in March 2020.

The figures from the DGS reveal that there is, however, an upward trend in mortality, even if far from the rate of increase in new daily cases.

This Monday, 29 people died in Portugal with Covid-19, after counting 35 deaths on Sunday - the highest number since February 19.