COVID 19: Portugal Update, 6 August

in News · 06-08-2020 15:34:00 · 1 Comments

Portugal today registers three more deaths and 213 new cases of infection by covid-19 compared to Wednesday, according to the daily bulletin of the Directorate-General for Health (DGS).

According to the DGS report on the epidemiological situation, since the beginning of the pandemic until today, there have been 52,061 confirmed cases of infection and 1,743 deaths, of which two in the North and one in the Lisbon region.

The Lisbon and Tagus Valley region today totals 26,720 cases of covid-19, 147 more than on Wednesday, representing 51 percent of the total new cases.

In percentage terms, in the last 24 hours the increase in the number of confirmed cases was 0.4 percent (from 51,848 to 52,061) and in the number of deaths by 0.2 percent.

The number of patients reported to have recovered from covid-19 has increased again in the last 24 hours to 37,783, another 218, again registering a higher number than new cases of infection (213).

As for confirmed cases, the Lisbon and Vale do Tejo region leads, with 26,720, followed by the North with 18,891, 37 more cases, and the Central region has 4,478 confirmed infections, 16 more new cases than those recorded the day before according to the bulletin.

The Algarve totals 905 cases, three more than on Wednesday, and the Alentejo has nine more cases of infection, for a total of 762.

Madeira registers one more case, now totaling 119 confirmed infections, and no deaths, and in the Azores the 170 cases of infection accounted for remain, as well as the 15 deaths previously registered.

The number of people hospitalized is 369 in the last 24 hours, representing 15 people less than on Wednesday and in intensive care there are now 42 people, one more compared to the previous daily bulletin.

In global terms, there are more infected people in the age group between 40 and 49 years (8,614), followed by the age group between 30 and 39 years, which today accounts for 8,508 cases.

The age group between 20 and 29 years old, totals 7,967 cases in Portugal since the beginning of the pandemic, plus 22 infections.

In the 50 to 59 age group, SARS-CoV-2 virus infections are at 7,870.

Over 80 years old, 5,905 people had confirmed infections, 20 more than on Wednesday.


We own property on The Algarve and we are so shocked with the lack of action and clarity with the UK government in travel restrictions with certain countries, notably including Portugal.
Tonight I sent a message to my local MP who happens to be Priti Patel who is our Secretary of State.

Dear Priti
I’m writing to your because you’re my local MP and I respect you immensely.

Can you please explain to me how the government make decisions on European travel because like many others, I’m totally bewildered about the absence of Portugal on your list of quarantine free travel.
Ignore the fact that the UK and Portugal has the oldest treaty in the world and they have been a constant supporter of us, as we have of them in all European and African wars so we know they are a valid friend of the UK not just today but throughout the centuries.
So why are we treating them like a third rate country when the Algarve alone relies on 60% of their income from UK travellers?
We seem to be prepared to turn a blind eye to some countries of power In Europe, notably Germany and France but let down our true supporters.
If they had serious problems in Portugal with infections I wouldn’t be sending you this message, but they don’t. They have had spikes in the past like most countries, including us but nothing that hasn’t been brought under control.
I’m a true blue supporter and I have also run my owns businesses including a stock-listed company and some of the decisions made here wouldn’t get past first base.
You claim you are following the science so how then do you establish that Portugal shouldn’t be considered a safe country to visit when the facts clearly speak for themselves.
Scientists work on figures so when conducting research, they collect measurable empirical evidence related to a hypnosis the results aiming to support it contradict a theory!
But you cannot rely entirely on those assumptions because if we did, we would have lost 2 world wars. It takes some human decisions with science and it’s about time our government stopped relying totally on science. Have some balls.

Let me provide some examples because there is clearly examples of where Portugal stand in Europe.

League tables:
Total number of cases - 13th in Europe with most of the rest of Europe incl countries not excluded are we’ll above this figure.

New cases - 14th with most of Europe Incl most countries not excluded also above this figure.

Total cases per 1mill of the population - 16th and again a majority other European countries above them and still allowed to travel.

When it comes to testing, they are 9th on the list and much better than most other European countries That we can visit.

When the rate goes up it can mean 2 things, there is either a spike or a country is increasing its testing but in Portugal’s case they have been upfront, unlike some other European counties which you are aware of.

None of this science makes sense and if I have to vote for someone who relies on a group of people that are looking at strange stats to make a decision then I might as well give up with the Conservative party who I’ve supported for my entire life.

You’ve made some errors during this pandemic but I’ve always supported the decisions because these are abnormal times but just like the furlough situation, children returning to school, youngsters respecting the social distancing and of course people spending days out at our beaches, you’ve now got to put your foot down and show the public and your voters that you care and it’s us and not scientists that are running our country but when you do, make sure you look at the facts and not the science!!!!
I shall look forward to your reply.
regards Keith Amato

By Keith Amato from UK on 06-08-2020 08:24
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