Alentejo records first two cases

in News · 18-03-2020 14:22:00 · 0 Comments

Alentejo recorded the first two cases of Covid-19, according to the bulletin released today by the Directorate-General for Health (DGS), which indicates that more than 85% of patients are recovering at home .

According to DGS data, of the 642 people infected with the new coronavirus in Portugal, 89 are hospitalized and 553 are recovering at home.

There are 4,074 cases in which the test was negative and 351 cases awaiting laboratory results.

The DGS bulletin also indicates that since January 1, 5,067 suspected cases have been registered.

There are 6,656 (minus 196) contacts under surveillance by health authorities and the number of active transmission chains has increased to 24 (there were 19).

Portugal has registered two fatal victims of the disease and three patients have already been reported as recovered.

The North region is the one with the highest number of confirmed cases (289), followed by Lisbon and the Tagus Valley (243), the Center region (74) and the Algarve (21).

The DGS bulletin indicates that Alentejo already presents two cases, Madeira one and the Azores three. There are nine cases abroad.

The Government declared on Friday the state of alert in the country, putting civil protection means and security forces and services on standby, and suspended classroom teaching activities in all schools from Monday, imposing restrictions on commercial establishments and transport, among others.

Today, the Council of State has been meeting since 10:00 to discuss the declaration of a state of emergency in Portugal.

The regional governments of Madeira and the Azores decided to impose a quarantine period on all passengers who land in the archipelagos, while the Government of the Republic advised against traveling to the islands.

Other measures had already been taken in Portugal to contain the pandemic, such as the suspension of air links with Italy, the country in Europe most affected.


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