COVID 19: Portugal Update, 19 April

in News · 19-04-2020 14:20:00 · 2 Comments

Portugal has today registered a total of 714 deaths associated with covid-19, 27 more than on Saturday, and 20,206 infected (more 521), indicates the epidemiological bulletin released today by the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) .

Comparing with Saturday's data, which recorded 687 deaths, today there was a percentage increase of 3.9 percent.

Regarding the number of confirmed cases of infection with the new coronavirus, DGS data show that there are 521 more cases than on Saturday, representing an increase of 2.6%.

The North region is the one with the highest number of deaths (409), followed by the Center (164), the region of Lisbon and the Tagus Valley (126), the Algarve (10) and the Azores (5), says the report of the epidemiological situation, with data updated until midnight on Saturday.

Of the registered deaths, 470 were over 80 years old, 151 were between 70 and 79 years old, 65 between 60 and 69 years old, 20 between 50 and 59 and eight between 40 and 49 years old.

Of the total number of infected people, the vast majority are recovering at home, totaling 18,963, 531 more than on Saturday (+ 2.9%).

The data indicate that 1,243 are hospitalized, 10 less than on Saturday (-0.8%), and 224 are in Intensive Care Units, minus four, which represents a decrease of 1.8%.

DGS data state that the municipality of Porto is the one with the highest number of cases of infection by the coronavirus (1,059), followed by Lisbon (1,038 cases), Vila Nova de Gaia (1035), Matosinhos (875), Braga ( 848), Gondomar (834), Maia (744), Valongo (585), Ovar (511), Sintra (493) and Coimbra with 355 cases.

Since January 1, 187,604 suspected cases have been recorded, of which 4,959 are awaiting test results.

There are 162,439 cases in which the test results were negative, says DGS, adding that the number of recovered patients remains today at 610.

The North region continues to register the highest number of infections, totaling 12,148, 386 more than the previous day, followed by the region of Lisbon and Vale do Tejo, with 4,500 (more 62), of the Center region, with 2,863 (more 60), the Algarve with 310 (plus four) and the Alentejo with 158 cases, the same number as Saturday.

The Azores recorded 106 cases of covid-19, two more than on Saturday and Madeira 61, seven more.

The DGS also records 27,947 contacts under surveillance by the health authorities, 2,491 more than on Saturday.

Of the total infected, 11,977 are women and 8,229 men.

The age group most affected by the disease is from 50 to 59 years old (3,510), followed by the age group from 40 to 49 years old (3,473), and of people over 80 years old, in which there are 3,082 cases.

There are also 2,831 patients aged between 30 and 39 years old, 2,444 between 60 and 69 years old, 2,149 between 20 and 29 years old and 1,826 aged between 70 and 79 years old.

The DGS also records 345 cases of children up to nine years old and 536 of young people aged between 10 and 19 years old.

According to the report of the Directorate-General for Health, 171 cases result from the importation of the virus from Spain, 130 from France, 82 from the United Kingdom, 46 from the United Arab Emirates, 45 from Switzerland, 32 from Andorra, 29 from Italy, 30 from Brazil , 24 from the United States, 19 from the Netherlands, 18 from Argentina, 15 from Australia and 10 from Germany, in addition to several other cases spread over dozens of other countries.

According to the bulletin, 52% of patients positive for the new coronavirus have cough symptoms, 38% fever, 27% muscle pain, 25% headache, 21% general weakness and 16% breathing difficulty. This information refers to 85% of confirmed cases.


You are fiddling with the figures to make things look better. That is consistent with what you do for tourism and real estate, but the coronavirus is more important than just euros. The death figures continue to rise and suspected cases have not plateaued, say nothing of fallen. There have been about 4000 new suspected cases in the last 4 days.

There is far too little testing of the suspected cases and many of the confirmed are those who have been in hospitals or are quarantined. Just getting it is a terrible experience - and I've experience a near-death pneumonia. Not getting oxygen is pretty terrifying.

By Jack Siler from Algarve on 19-04-2020 10:37

All cases originated from China. Why the obsession in reporting which countries the infections came from?. Also why deduct allegedly cured cases from the total cumulative confirmed infections?
In Madeira it is sad to see that simple daily and cumulative totals cannot be agreed between the National and Regional governments. Obsessive statistical reporting at it’s very worst.

By Tom from Madeira on 19-04-2020 03:10
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