COVID 19: Portugal Update, 4 April

in News · 05-04-2020 18:26:00 · 4 Comments

Portugal today registers a total of 295 deaths and 11,278 infected with coronavirus

Portugal has registered today 295 deaths associated with covid-19, 29 more than on Saturday, and 11,278 infected (over 754), according to the epidemiological bulletin released by the Directorate-General for Health (DGS).

The epidemiological situation report, with data updated until 24:00 on Saturday, indicates that the North region is the one with the highest number of deaths (158), followed by the Center region (72), the region of Lisbon and Vale do Tagus (58) and the Algarve (07).

In relation to Saturday, when there were 266 deaths, today there was an increase of 11% (plus 29).

According to DGS data, there are 11,278 confirmed cases, plus 754, an increase of 7.2% compared to Saturday.

Of the 295 deaths recorded, 190 were over 80 years old, 66 were aged between 70 and 79 years old, 27 between 60 and 69 years old, eight between 50 and 59 years old and four deaths between 40 and 49 years old.

Of the 11,278 people infected with the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), the vast majority (9,927) are recovering at home, 1,084 (plus nine, + 0.8%) are hospitalized, 267 (plus 16, +6.4 %) of which in Intensive Care Units.

DGS data, which refer to 78% of confirmed cases, state that Lisbon is the municipality with the highest number of SARSCov2 coronavirus infections (681), followed by Porto (660 cases), Vila Nova de Gaia ( 499), Gondomar (478), Maia (422), Matosinhos (395), Braga (349), Valongo (344), Sintra (269) and Ovar (238).

Since January 1, 86,370 suspected cases have been registered, of which 4,962 are awaiting the results of the analyzes.

The epidemiological bulletin also indicates that there are 70,130 cases in which the test results were negative and maintains, in relation to Saturday, the number of patients recovered: 75.

The North region continues to register the highest number of infections, totaling 6,530, followed by the region of Lisbon and the Tagus Valley, with 2,904 cases, the Central region (1,442), the Algarve (201) and the Alentejo, which today has 82 cases .

There are still 67 people infected with the covid-19 virus in the Azores and 52 in Madeira.

DGS also records 23,209 contacts under surveillance by the authorities (351 more than on Saturday).

The age group most affected is 40 to 49 years old (2,058), followed by 50 to 59 years old (2,033), 30 to 39 years old (1,671) and 60 to 69 years old (1,491).

There are also 162 cases of children up to nine years old, 276 of young people aged between 10 and 19 years old and in the ages between 20 and 29 years old there are 1,179 cases.

The data also indicate that there are 1,059 cases of people aged between 70 and 79 years old and 1,349 over 80 years old.

According to the DGS report, 157 cases result from the import of the virus from Spain, 115 from France, 63 from the United Kingdom, 41 from the United Arab Emirates, 41 from Switzerland, 29 from Italy, 23 from Andorra, 20 from Brazil, 19 from the USA , 16 from the Netherlands, 14 from Australia, 11 from Argentina, nine from Belgium, nine from Germany, six from Austria, five from Canada and one from Cape Verde.

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

A case was also imported from Chile, Cuba, Denmark, Indonesia, Iran, Malta, Maldives, Morocco, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Qatar, Czech Republic, Singapore, Sweden, Ukraine and Venezuela.

According to DGS, 60% of patients positive for the new coronavirus have cough symptoms, 46% fever, 32% muscle pain, 29% headache, 25% generalized weakness and 17% breathing difficulty. This information refers to 77% 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, is already in the third and most serious phase of response to the disease (Mitigation Phase), activated when there is local transmission, in a closed environment, and / or community transmission.

Detected in December 2019 in China, the new coronavirus has already infected more than 1.2 million people worldwide, of whom more than 65,000 died.

Of the cases of infection, about 233 thousand are considered cured.


Comments:

Hi Marc,
I think the statistics are also miss leading here. It says virus import. It could be anyone coming from or returning from those countries including Portugal nationals coming back from other countries. I also believe while persons came from these countries and then were tested positive here (probably with some time in between) it could also be that those people contracted the virus here shortly after travelling to portugal or on the way here. As long as is doesn't explain how thos data has been collected and analyzed it is hard to say how reliable that data is.

By Isabelle Engelhardt from Algarve on 06-04-2020 02:50

there are enough cases worldwide for everyone to be concerned with.no need to stigmatize imports especially in countries such as portugal whose economy has largely benefitted from the influx of europeans over the years. solidarity is in order. let's try to remember this?

By reine from Porto on 06-04-2020 01:04

Hi Marc, Portugal is a tourist country and even has many cruise ships docking here and operating on the Duoro so not at all amazing or alarming that viruses can be coming in anytime. So far the country has handled the spread pretty good I would say if you compare it to Italy or USA...

By Thomas Wissmann from Lisbon on 06-04-2020 10:08

It is amazing and alarming that nationals from over 40 foreign countries entered Portugal carrying the Covid-19 virus.

By Marc J. Moniz from USA on 05-04-2020 07:26
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