COVID 19: Portugal Update, 21 July

in News · 21-07-2020 16:10:00 · 1 Comments

Portugal today registers six more deaths and 127 new cases of infection by covid-19, compared to Monday, according to the daily bulletin of the Directorate-General for Health (DGS).

According to the bulletin, since the beginning of the pandemic until today, there have been 48,898 confirmed cases of infection and 1,697 deaths.

Lisbon and the Tagus Valley, where there are more active outbreaks, now account for 24,470 cases, 101 more infected than the day before and six more dead.

In percentage terms, in the last 24 hours, the increase in deaths was 0.4 percent (from 1,691 to 1,697) and that of confirmed cases was 0.3 percent (from 48,771 to 48,898).

Lisbon and Tagus Valley is the region where the increase in cases continues to be more significant, accounting for 79.5 percent of new cases, with 101 out of 127 accounted for. It was also in the Lisbon area that the six fatalities due to covid-19 recorded in the last 24 hours occurred.

In number of cases, Lisbon and Vale do Tejo leads with 24,470, followed by the North region (18,372, with 11 new cases), the Centre region (4,367, with six new cases), the Algarve (792 and two new cases) and the Alentejo (636, one more case).

In the Azores, there was another case of covid-19 in the last 24 hours, now increasing to 159, maintaining the number of deaths (15), while in Madeira there was no increase in cases (it remains at 102) and remains unrecorded.

Despite the daily increases in deaths in the area of ??Lisbon and the Tagus Valley, it is the North that continues to record the highest number of deaths (827), then Lisbon and the Tagus Valley (570), the Centre (251), Alentejo (19), Algarve (15) and Azores (15).

In the last 24 hours, the number of people hospitalized has dropped to 439 (15 people less than on Monday) and in intensive care there are now 62 people (one more).

Regarding information on cases per municipality, DGS recalls that it is only updated on Mondays, so the three municipalities with the most confirmed cases indicated in the bulletin remain Lisbon (4,240), Sintra (3,476) and Loures (2,197).

By age group, the highest number of deaths is concentrated in people over 80 years old (1,139), followed by those between 70 and 79 years old (327), between 60 and 69 years old (151) and between 50 and 59 years old (55). There are 20 deaths registered between 40 and 49 years old, three between 30 and 39 years old and two between 20 and 29 years old.

In terms of infected people, the age group between 20 and 29 years old registered the highest increase in cases compared to Sunday, with another 27 new cases.

Globally, there are more infected in the age group between 40 and 49 years (8,077, 15 more cases than on Monday) then between 30 and 39 years (7,968, an increase of 25 cases), 50 to 59 years (7,466 , plus 16), 20 and 29 years (7,429, plus 27 cases) and over 80 years (5,703, 13 more than the previous day).

Health authorities have 35,077 contacts of infected people under surveillance - four more than on Monday - and 1,616 cases await laboratory results.

The number of patients reported as recovered increased to 33,769 (222 more).


Relaxation, overindulgence, complacency, and gross negligence all contributed and compound the lack of success of the Portuguese Government in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic! Since early May the results are clear to all and show the country set it's priorities wrong! To have a strong economy (and tourism industry) we must first have a healthy and safe country and be perceived as such by others! Unfortunately, that is not the case right now! Just a couple of examples! Opening the gates to countries only because they speak Portuguese was wrong. Putting the economy (and tourism) ahead of safe social distance and prudent behavior was wrong!

By Tony Fernandes from Other on 23-07-2020 12:37
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