COVID 19: Portugal Update, 26 April

in News · 26-04-2020 13:59:00 · 1 Comments

Portugal has registered today a total of 903 deaths associated with covid-19, 23 more than on Saturday, and 23,864 infected (more 472), indicates the epidemiological bulletin released today by the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) .

Comparing with Saturday's data, which recorded 880 deaths, today there was a 2.6% increase in deaths.

Regarding the number of confirmed cases of infection with the new coronavirus, DGS data show that there are 472 more cases than on Saturday, representing an increase of 2%.

The North region is the one that rescues the highest number of deaths (519), followed by the Central region (188), Lisbon and the Tagus Valley (175), the Algarve (12), the Azores (8) and the Alentejo that registers in one case, the epidemiological situation report advances, with data updated until midnight on Saturday.

Of the registered deaths, 609 were over 80 years old, 182 were between 70 and 79 years old, 78 between 60 and 69 years old, 24 between 50 and 59, and ten between 40 and 49.

Of the total number of infected people, the vast majority are recovering at home, totaling 20,627 (plus 432).

The data indicate that 1,005 are hospitalized, 35 less than on Thursday (-3.4%), and 182 are in Intensive Care Units, minus four, which represents a decrease of 2.2%.

DGS data indicate that the municipality of Lisbon is the one that registers the highest number of cases of coronavirus infection (1,406), followed by Vila Nova de Gaia (1,263), Porto (1,211), Braga (1,019), Matosinhos (1,017 ), Gondomar (966), Maia (826), Valongo (700), Ovar (564), Sintra (552), Guimarães (507) and Coimbra, with 401 cases.

Since January 1, 236,410 suspected cases have been recorded, of which 4,673 are awaiting test results.

There are 207,873 cases in which the test results were negative, says DGS, adding that the number of recovered patients increased to 1,329 (there were 1,277).

The North region continues to record the highest number of infections, totaling 14,386, followed by the region of Lisbon and the Tagus Valley, with 5,531, the Center region, with 3,232, the Algarve (322) and the Alentejo (187).

The Azores register 120 cases of covid-19 and Madeira 86.

DGS also records 30,453 contacts under surveillance by health authorities.

Of the total infected, 14,122 are women and 9,742 men.

The age group most affected by the disease is 50 to 59 years old (4,043), followed by 40 to 49 years old (4,011) and people over 80 years old (3,708 cases).

There are also 3,337 patients aged between 30 and 39 years old, 2,821 between 60 and 69 years old, 2,724 between 20 and 29 years old and 2,127 aged between 70 and 79 years old.

The DGS also records 383 cases of children up to nine years old and 710 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, 137 from France, 88 from the United Kingdom. There are still hundreds of cases imported from dozens of other countries.

According to the bulletin, 50% of patients positive for the new coronavirus have cough symptoms, 36% fever, 26% muscle pain, 23% headache, 20% general weakness and 15% breathing difficulty. This information refers to 81% of confirmed cases.

Globally, according to a report by the AFP news agency, the covid-19 pandemic has already claimed more than 200,000 deaths and infected more than 2.9 million people in 193 countries and territories.

The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late December in Wuhan, a city in central China.


I cannot understand the low recovery rate in Portugal. When looking at many other countries where the Covid started at a similar time, the recovery rates are much higher. Without "correct" recovery figures it is impossible to look at were we are in the epidemic.

By Robert Agnarsson from Algarve on 29-04-2020 10:19
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