Algarve has one of the lowest transmission rates in Portugal

in News · 14-09-2020 18:01:00 · 8 Comments

The Algarve has one of the lowest transmission rates (Rt) of Covid-19 in all regions of Portugal, despite the increase in new cases in recent days, the president of the Regional Health Administration (ARS) said on 14 September.

At the fortnightly press conference of the District Civil Protection, in Loulé, Paulo Morgado said that the Rt in the Algarve region is 1.07, which means that each infected person infects, on average, 1.07.

"The Algarve Rt is one of the lowest of all the regions on the continent", he stressed, noting that the situation "is relatively under control" in the region, even though there is a daily increase in new cases.

Also the regional health delegate from Faro, Ana Cristina Guerreiro, considered that the situation in the Algarve "is comfortable, given the circumstances", namely the fact that there was a lot of mobility during the summer holidays.

According to her, mobility, activities and family reunions - especially with emigrants or people from other regions - are the factors which have contributed most to the increase in the number of cases.

Currently, the biggest active outbreak in the Algarve is related to the senior football team of the Louletano Desportos Clube, which was detected at the end of August and which has caused a total of 47 cases, among members of the club and family members.

In relation to a review of the number of cases detected during the summer in the Algarve, Ana Cristina Guerreiro said that a "more in-depth technical analysis" was planned, but, nevertheless, in an "initial assessment", the situation "went as well as possible".

"Our cases in July and August were quite under control," she stressed, noting that one of the authorities' concerns was an increase in cases due to possible transmission of the virus on beaches, which did not occur.

For the autumn and winter seasons, ARS/Algarve is preparing a reinforcement of the teams, with the hiring of doctors, nurses, diagnostic technicians and technical and operational assistants.


Do you stil believe in Christmas father ? If there's no test, it will not be the results and that's make Algarve quite safe. No number.

By Carlos Aguiar from Algarve on 16-09-2020 03:57

We are here in the Algarve for another month and continue to be careful. The overall response here is also one of people taking care. Observing the use of masks, cafes wiping down as tables are vacated and 3m distance rules on beaches.. we are keeping to ourselves more than usual this time and have curtailed the sightseeing that we would normally want to do here. We feel much safer here than at home, where particularly younger people are resistant to the containment rules.

By Bill from Algarve on 16-09-2020 01:44

Sauf que 60 scouts belges rentrent d'Algarve en ayant été contaminés..mais à part cela tout va bien!

By Michel Schuermans from Algarve on 16-09-2020 09:48

Thank you Annie. You are definitely one with a clear head. Not one looking to cause trouble.

By William from Other on 15-09-2020 02:52

Using the term 'emigrants' is perfectly clear. They are the Portuguese who have emigrated to other countries and who live there permanently, only returning to Portugal for holidays.

By Annie from Algarve on 15-09-2020 12:20

I think the mood of the article is ‘cautious optimism’ which is realistic given the current circumstances. There was no reference to the word ‘safe’ and I think the confusion between ‘emigrants’ and ‘immigrants’ is merely due to translation errors.

By Carly Wand from Algarve on 15-09-2020 11:56

What emigrants? If you are an Emigrant from Portugal, you are not in Portugal. If you are an Emigrant from somewhere else, and you are in Portugal, you are an immigrant in Portugal. Right? Confusing to talk about emigrants in Portugal.

By Kari Lehto from Other on 15-09-2020 08:16

Indeed, but the thing is that everyone from the rest of the contaminated country can easily get there by car, train and to bring the infection.. And so on. So don't tell ppl that it is safe, cause that's a total lie. There is no control on entrances like the one that it's done in Madeira or in the Azores by the regional authorities. The Algarve doesn't even have the central government permission, in Lisbon, to do that.

By Charlie from Algarve on 14-09-2020 10:41
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