COVID 19: Portugal Update, 16 April

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Today Portugal records a total of 629 deaths associated with covid-19, 30 more than on Wednesday, and 18,841 infected (750 more), according to the epidemiological bulletin released by the Directorate-General for Health (DGS).

The epidemiological situation report, with data updated until midnight on Wednesday, indicates that the North region is the one with the highest number of deaths (355), followed by the Centre (146), the region of Lisbon and Vale Tejo (115) and the Algarve, with nine dead.

The bulletin records four deaths in the Azores.

In relation to Wednesday, when 599 deaths were registered, today there was a percentage increase of 5 percent (plus 30).

According to data provided by DGS, there are 18,841 confirmed cases, plus 750, which represents an increase of 4.1 percent compared to Wednesday.

Of the registered deaths, 413 were over 80 years old, 131 were aged between 70 and 79 years old, 59 between 60 and 69 years old, 18 between 50 and 59 years old and eight deaths between 40 and 49 years old years.

Regarding the 18,841 people infected with the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), the vast majority - 17,539 (plus 648, + 3.8 percent) - are recovering at home. 1,302 people are hospitalized (plus 102, + 8.5 percent), 229 (plus 21, + 10.1 percent), of whom in Intensive Care Units.

DGS data state that the municipality of Porto is the one with the highest number of cases of coronavirus infection (988), followed by Lisbon (996 cases), Vila Nova de Gaia (956), Matosinhos (824), Gondomar ( 777), Braga (775), Maia (686), Valongo (552), Ovar (487) and Sintra with 437 cases.

Since 1 January, 154,727 suspected cases have been registered, of which 3,910 are awaiting test results.

The epidemiological bulletin also indicates that there are 131,976 cases in which the test results were negative and that the number of recovered patients rose to 493 (there were 383).

The North region continues to record the highest number of infections, totalling 11,237, followed by the region of Lisbon and the Tagus Valley, with 4,237 cases, the Central region (2,756), the Algarve (300) and the Alentejo with 156 cases.

There are still 102 people infected with the covid-19 virus in the Azores and 53 in Madeira.

DGS also records 26,065 contacts under surveillance by the health authorities (69 fewer than on Wednesday).

The age group most affected by the disease was 50 to 59 years old (3,279), followed by the 40 to 49 years old (3,267), 30 to 39 years old (2,624) and 60 to 69 years old (2,319).

In the elderly, there are 2,837 patients over the age of 80 and 1,715 between the ages of 70 and 79.

There are still 321 cases of children up to nine years old, 485 of young people aged 10 to 19 years and between 20 and 29 years old there are 1,994 cases.

Overall, there are 11,122 women in Portugal infected by the new coronavirus and 7,719 men.

According to the report by the Directorate-General for Health, 170 cases result from the importation of the virus from Spain, 127 from France, 81 from the United Kingdom, 45 from Switzerland, 46 from the United Arab Emirates, 32 Andorra, 29 Italy, 30 Brazil, 23 of the USA, 18 from Argentina, 19 from the Netherlands, 15 from Australia and 10 from Germany, in addition to several other cases spread over dozens of other countries.

According to DGS, 56 percent of patients positive for the new coronavirus have cough symptoms, 41 percent fever, 29 percent muscle pain, 25 percent headache, 24 percent generalized weakness and 17 percent breathing difficulty. This information refers to 82 percent of confirmed cases.

Covid-19, caused by the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, is an acute respiratory infection that can trigger pneumonia.

Portugal, in a state of emergency until 17 April and where the first case was confirmed on 2 March, is in the third and most serious phase of response to the disease (Mitigation Phase), activated when there is local transmission, in a closed environment, and / or community transmission.

The new coronavirus has already infected more than two million people and caused more than 137,000 deaths worldwide. More than 450,000 patients were considered cured.


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