COVID 19: Portugal Update, April 22

in News · 22-04-2020 14:39:00 · 1 Comments

Portugal today has registered a total of 785 deaths associated with covid-19, 23 more than on Tuesday, and 21,982 infected (more 603), indicates the epidemiological bulletin released today by the Directorate-General for Health ( DGS).

Comparing with Tuesday's data, which recorded 762 deaths, today there was a 3% percentage increase.

Regarding the number of confirmed cases of infection with the new coronavirus, DGS data show that there are 603 more cases than on Tuesday, representing an increase of 2.8%.

The North region is the one with the highest number of deaths (454), followed by the Central region (175), Lisbon and the Tagus Valley (138), the Algarve (11), the Azores (6) and the Atentejo, which registers one dead person, the epidemiological situation report says, with updated data until Tuesday 24:00.

Of the registered deaths, 528 were over 80 years old, 161 were between 70 and 79 years old, 67 between 60 and 69 years old, 20 between 50 and 59 and nine between 40 and 49 years old.

Of the total number of infected people, the vast majority are recovering at home, totaling 20,836, up 629 compared to Tuesday (+ 3.1%).

The data indicate that 1,146 are hospitalized, 26 less than on Tuesday (- 2.2%), and 207 are in Intensive Care Units, minus six, which represents a decrease of 2.8%.

DGS data indicate that the municipality of Lisbon is the one with the highest number of cases of infection by the coronavirus (1,169), followed by Porto (1,102), Vila Nova de Gaia (1,066), Braga (903), Matosinhos (885 ), Gondomar (854), Maia (742), Valongo (597), Ovar (516), Sintra (507) and Coimbra with 363 cases.

Since January 1, 210,302 suspected cases have been recorded, of which 3,219 are awaiting test results.

There are 185,101 cases in which the test result was negative, says DGS, adding that the number of recovered patients increased to 1,143 (there were 917).

The North region continues to register the highest number of infections, totaling 13,150, followed by the region of Lisbon and the Tagus Valley, with 5,093, of the Center region, with 3,053, of the Algarve with 316 and of the Alentejo with 176 cases.

The Azores recorded 109 cases of covid-19 and Madeira 85.

DGS also records 30,646 contacts under surveillance by the health authorities.

Of the total infected, 13,029 are women and 8,953 men.

The age group most affected by the disease is 50 to 59 years old (3,769), followed by 40 to 49 years old (3,741) and people over 80 years old (3,350 cases).

There are also 3,073 patients aged between 30 and 39 years old, 2,621 between 60 and 69 years old, 2,459 between 20 and 29 years old and 1,961 aged between 70 and 79 years old.

DGS also records 360 cases of children up to the age of nine and 648 of young people aged between 10 and 19 years.

According to the report by the Directorate-General for Health, 171 cases result from the importation of the virus from Spain, 130 from France, 82 from the United Kingdom. There are still hundreds of cases imported from dozens of other countries.

According to the bulletin, 52% of patients positive for the new coronavirus have cough symptoms, 37% fever, 27% muscle pain, 25% headache, 20% general weakness and 15% breathing difficulty. This information refers to 82% of confirmed cases.

The new coronavirus, responsible for the covid-19 pandemic, has already caused about 178,000 deaths worldwide and infected more than 2.5 million people. More than 583,000 patients were considered cured by health officials.


It would really be interesting to see if there is a general increase in the numbers of people who have died this winter against last year? Meaning, did the Covid19 increase the actual death rate significant or not?

Because so many old people died (90% over 70 with the majority over 80) it would be interesting to see a study about this or if we are fighting windmills?

A friend from Italy brought that up. There is actually no significant increase in deaths in Italy against last year over the winter period although so many were reported dying from Covid19. Maybe it should be reported more about the pre-condition of the people who are in the hospitals? Got me thinking offense...!

By Thomas Wissmann from Lisbon on 22-04-2020 06:25
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