The number of new cases released today is the second highest since the beginning of the pandemic, after a record 2,608 new cases on 16 October.

According to the bulletin released today, Portugal has already counted 106,271 confirmed cases and 2,229 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.

Health authorities have 55,882 people under surveillance, 244 fewer than on Tuesday.

The DGS also reveals that 40,804 cases are active, 1,179 more than on Tuesday.

According to the epidemiological bulletin, of the 16 deaths recorded, eight occurred in Lisbon and the Tagus Valley, four in the northern region, two in the centre, one in Alentejo and one in the Algarve.

As regards hospital admissions, the bulletin reveals that in the last 24 hours there have been 35 more people admitted, totalling 1,272, and 187 in intensive care, 11 more than on Tuesday.

The official data provided since the beginning of the pandemic reveal that the number of hospital admissions today is close to the highs recorded in April, when the highest number of patients in hospital was reached on 16 April, with 1,302.

The maximum number of hospitalisations in Intensive Care Units was registered on 7 April, when 217 people were in these units due to infection with the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.

In the last 24 hours 1,340 patients have recovered, totalling 63,238 since the beginning of the pandemic.

The Northern region continues to register the highest number of new infections daily, registering today 1,379 more cases, totalling 42,921, and 980 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.

In the region of Lisbon and Vale do Tejo 863 new cases of infection have been reported, with 49,459 cases and 898 deaths.

In the Centro region there were 197 new cases, accounting for 8,743 infections and 283 deaths.

In the Alentejo there have been 50 new cases, totalling 2,163 with a total of 30 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.

The Algarve region has today reported a further 41 cases of infection, totalling 2,307 cases and 23 deaths.

In the Autonomous Region of the Azores a new case has been registered in the last 24 hours, totalling 329 detected infections and 15 dead since the beginning of the pandemic.

Madeira has registered four new cases in the last 24 hours, accounting for 349 infections, no deaths to date.

The confirmed cases are spread over all age groups, with the highest number of infections recorded between 20 and 59 years.

In total, the new coronavirus has already affected at least 48,364 men and 57,907 women in Portugal, according to the reported cases.

Of the total number of deaths, 1,125 were men and 1,104 women.

The highest number of deaths continues to be concentrated in people over 80 years of age.

The Covid-19 pandemic has already caused more than 1.1 million deaths and more than 40.8 million cases of infection worldwide, according to a review by the French agency AFP.

The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected at the end of December 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China.

After Europe succeeded China as the centre of the pandemic in February, the American continent now has the most confirmed cases and the most deaths.