COVID 19: Portugal Update, 30 March

in News · 30-03-2020 14:38:00 · 1 Comments

Portugal registers a total of 140 deaths and more than 6,400 infected from coronavirus

Portugal today has recorded a total of 140 deaths associated with covid-19, 21 more than on Sunday, and 6,408 confirmed cases (446 more), according to the epidemiological bulletin released by the Directorate-General for Health (DGS).

The epidemiological situation report in Portugal, with data updated until midnight on Sunday, indicates that the North region is the one with the highest number of deaths (74), followed by the Center region (34), the Lisbon region and The Tagus Valley, with 30 deaths, and the Algarve, which today registers two deaths.

In relation to Sunday, when 119 deaths were registered, today there was an increase of 17.6% (plus 21).

According to DGS data, there are 6,408 confirmed cases, plus 446 (an increase of 7.48%), compared to Sunday.

Of the 140 deaths recorded, 85 were over 80 years old, 31 were aged between 70 and 79 years old, 16 between 60 and 69 years old, six between 50 and 59 years old and two deaths between 40 and 49 years old.

DGS data, which refer to 75% of confirmed cases, specify that Porto is the municipality with the highest number of SARSCov2 coronavirus infections (941), followed by Lisbon (633 cases), Vila Nova de Gaia (344), Maia (313, Matosinhos (295), Gondomar (276) and Ovar (241).

Since January 1, 44,206 suspected cases have been registered, of which 4,845 are awaiting the results of the analyzes.

The epidemiological bulletin also indicates that there are 32,953 cases in which the test result was negative and that 43 patients recovered.

Of the 6,408 people infected with the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), the vast majority (5,837) are recovering at home, 571 (over 85, + 17.4%) are hospitalized, 164 (over 26, +18.8 %) of which are in Intensive Care Units.

The North region continues to register the highest number of infections, totaling 3,801, followed by the region of Lisbon and the Tagus Valley, with 1,577 cases, from the Central region (784), the Algarve (116) and the Alentejo, which today has 45 cases .

There are still 41 people infected with covid-19 in the Azores and 44 in Madeira.

DGS also records 11,482 surveillance contacts by the authorities (minus 6,303).

The age group most affected is 40 to 49 years old (1,210), followed by 50 to 59 years old (1,150), 30 to 39 years old (965) and 60 to 69 years old (901).

There are also 71 cases of children aged up to nine years, 149 of young people aged between 10 and 19 years old and 637 aged between 20 and 29 years old.

The data also indicate that there are 668 cases of people aged between 70 and 79 years old and 657 over 80 years old.

According to the DGS report, 128 cases result from the importation of the virus from Spain, 93 from France, 41 from the United Kingdom, 28 from Italy, 24 from Switzerland, 21 from the United Arab Emirates, 13 from Andorra, 10 from Brazil, eight Netherlands , seven from Germany, six from Belgium, five from Argentina, five from the USA, four from Austria, four in Cape Verde and four in Canada.

The bulletin also reports on three cases imported from India and three from Israel and two from Egypt, two from Ireland and two from Jamaica.

A case was also imported from Austria / Germany, Australia, Chile, Cuba, Denmark, Indonesia, Iran, Luxembourg, Malta, Maldives, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Qatar, Czech Republic, Thailand, Venezuela and Ukraine.

According to DGS, 61% of patients positive for the new coronavirus have cough symptoms, 51% fever, 35% muscle pain, 29% headache, 24% general weakness and 19% breathing difficulty. This information refers to 79% of cases.

Covid-19, caused by the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, is an acute respiratory infection that can trigger pneumonia.

Portugal, where the first case was confirmed on March 2 and is in a state of emergency until Thursday, has already entered the third and most serious phase of response to the disease (Mitigation Phase), activated when there is local transmission, in an environment closed, and / or community transmission.

Detected in December 2019 in China, the new coronavirus has already infected more than 727,000 people worldwide, of whom nearly 35,000 died.

Of the cases of infection, at least 142,300 are considered cured.


How come only 43 recovered? What happened to thousands of others who tested positive? Maybe didn't even get sick? All these satatistics are heavily flawed and make no sense if one really starts thinking...

By Thomas Wissmann from Lisbon on 30-03-2020 07:11
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