Comparing with Wednesday's data, which recorded 973 deaths, today there was an increase of 1.6 percent in deaths.

Regarding the number of confirmed cases of infection with the new coronavirus (25,045), DGS data show that there are 540 more cases than on Wednesday, representing an increase of 2.2 percent.

The North region has the highest number of deaths (566), followed by the Central region (198), Lisbon and the Tagus Valley (199), the Algarve (13), the Azores (12) and the Alentejo that registers in one case, the epidemiological situation report advances, with data updated until midnight on Wednesday.

Of the registered deaths, 668 were over 80 years old, 195 were between 70 and 79 years old, 87 between 60 and 69 years old, 29 between 50 and 59, and ten between 40 and 49 years old.

Of the total number of infected people, the vast majority are recovering at home, totaling 21,569 (plus 487).

The data indicate that 968 are hospitalized, 12 less than on Wednesday (-1.2%), and 172 are in Intensive Care Units, plus three, which represents an increase of 1.8%.

DGS data state that the municipality of Lisbon is the one with the highest number of cases of coronavirus infection (1,465), followed by Vila Nova de Gaia (1,374), Porto (1,219), Braga (1,063), Matosinhos (1,127) ), Gondomar (1,000), Maia (863), Valongo (724), Sintra (586), Guimarães (583), Ovar (557) and Coimbra, with 408 cases.

Since 1 January, there have been 247,685 suspected cases, of which 3,794 are awaiting test results.

There are 218,846 cases in which the results of the tests were negative, says the DGS, adding that the number of recovered patients increased to 1,519 (there were 1,470).

The North region continues to register the highest number of infections, totalling 15,090, followed by the region of Lisbon and the Tagus Valley, with 5,815, the Centre region, with 3,389, the Algarve (331) and Alentejo (207).

The Azores recorded 127 cases of covid-19 and Madeira 86.

The DGS also records 29,467 contacts under surveillance by the health authorities.

Of the total infected, 14,815 are women and 10,230 men.

The age group most affected by the disease is from 50 to 59 years old (4,253), followed by the age group from 40 to 49 years old (4,208) and people over 80 years old (3,918 cases).

There are also 3,488 patients aged between 30 and 39 years old, 2,919 aged between 60 and 69 years old, 2,892 between 20 and 29 years old and 2,217 aged between 70 and 79 years old.

The DGS also records 402 cases of children up to nine years old and 748 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 and 88 from the United Kingdom. There are still hundreds of cases imported from dozens of other countries.

According to the bulletin, 50 percent of patients positive for the new coronavirus have cough symptoms, 36 percent fever, 25 percent muscle pain, 23 percent headache, 19 percent general weakness and 15 percent breathing difficulty. This information refers to 85 percent of confirmed cases.

The covid-19 pandemic has already infected nearly 3.2 million people worldwide and caused more than 227,000 deaths.

About 908,000 patients were considered cured by health authorities.

The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late December in the Chinese city of Wuhan.