DGS data indicate a total of 1,524 covid-19-related deaths and 38,089 confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic.

In comparison with Wednesday's data, today there was a 0.1 percent increase in deaths. Infection cases rose 1.1 percent.

In the Lisbon and Tagus Valley region, where the greatest number of outbreaks has been recorded, the covid-19 pandemic reached 15,971 confirmed cases, 325 more than on Wednesday.

Of the total number of infected people in Portugal, 416 are hospitalised, 19 (-4.4 percent) less than on Wednesday. There are 67 patients in intensive care units, minus two (-3 percent), and 12,139 are recovering at home.

In the distribution of cases infected by municipalities, Lisbon is the one with the highest number of cases (2,979), followed by Sintra (2,105), Vila Nova de Gaia (1,607), Loures (1,548), Porto (1,414), Amadora (1,336), Matosinhos (1,292) and Braga (1,256).

The North region continues to record the highest number of infections (17,208) and deaths (813). The region of Lisbon and the Tagus Valley registers 15,971 infections and 433 deaths, the Centre region 246 deaths and 3,934 confirmed cases, the Algarve 15 deaths and 448 people infected and the Alentejo two dead and 295 people with covid-19.

The Azores and Madeira remain unchanged in the number of infected people, with 143 and 90 cases, respectively. Only in the Azores there are registered deaths (15).

According to the DGS bulletin, of the total deaths recorded to date, 767 are women and 757 men.

By age group, the highest number of deaths is registered among people aged 80 or over (1,025), followed by the age group between 70 and 79 (293). Among the population aged between 60 and 69 years, there are 137 deaths.

DGS data also recorded 49 deaths in the age group between 50 and 59 years old, 17 between 40 and 49 years old, one between 30 and 39 years old and two between 20 and 29 years old.

The information released by DGS indicates that, of the total cases of infection, 21,435 are women and 16,654 men.

The age group most affected by the disease is from 40 to 49 years old (6,406), followed by the age group between 50 and 59 years old (6,147) and people aged between 30 and 39 years old (5,979).

According to DGS, 38 percent of patients had a cough, 29 percent fever, 21 percent muscle pain, 20 percent headache, 15 percent general weakness and 11 percent breathing difficulty.

Waiting for the laboratory result are 1,337 people and 30,426 are under surveillance by health authorities.

The daily bulletin also indicates that since 1 January, Portugal has registered 357,291 suspected cases and that there are 24,010 recovered cases.

The covid-19 pandemic has already claimed more than 445,000 deaths and infected more than 8.2 million people worldwide.

More than 3.7 million cases have been considered cured by health authorities.

Covid-19 is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late December in Wuhan, a city in central China.