COVID 19 – Portugal update

in News · 15-03-2020 18:11:00 · 3 Comments

The number of confirmed cases in Portugal of infection by the new coronavirus, which causes Covid-19 disease, has risen today to 245, 76 more than those reported on Saturday, and suspected cases are now 2,271.

According to the Directorate-General for Health (DGS), of the 2,271 suspected cases, 281 are awaiting laboratory results.

There are still 4,592 contacts under surveillance by health authorities, less than on Saturday (5,011).

Today's bulletin indicates that there are 14 active transmission chains in Portugal, three more than in the past few days.

Of the 245 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Portugal, 139 are hospitalized, nine of which are in intensive care units.

There are two cases of patients already recovered.

Among the infected patients are the cases of a boy under 10 years old and 25 young people between 10 and 19 years old.

There are five cases of infected patients over 80 years of age and 17 between 70 and 79.

It is among the population aged between 30 and 39 years that most cases (55) of infected patients are registered, according to the DGS bulletin, which indicates the existence of 53 cases between 40 and 49 years and 43 cases between 50 and 59 years old.

There are also 28 cases between 20 and 29 years old and 18 between 60 and 69 years old.

Lisbon and Tagus Valley is now the region with the highest number of confirmed cases (116), followed by the North region (103), and the Central and Algarve regions (10). There is a case in the Azores.

There are five confirmed cases abroad, according to the daily epidemiological bulletin.

Alentejo and the Autonomous Region of Madeira are now the only ones without cases registered by DGS.

The DGS data, updated today, state that 16 cases result from the import of the virus from Spain, 14 from Italy, nine from France, five from Switzerland and one case imported from Belgium, Germany / Austria from Andorra.

According to DGS, more than half of the patients positive for the new coronavirus (53%) have fever 31%, headache 19%, 18% muscle pain, 13% general weakness and nine percent breathing difficulty.

Covid-19 disease, caused by the new coronavirus, was classified as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday.

Worldwide, more than 154,000 people have been infected and more than 5,796 died.

In Portugal, the Government on Thursday decreed a state of alert, putting civil protection means and security forces and services on standby.

As of Monday, school activities are suspended and the operation of nightclubs and the like was restricted and visits to nursing homes throughout the national territory were suspended.

The Government also decided to prohibit the disembarkation of passengers from cruise ships, except for residents in Portugal, and to limit the frequency in shopping centers and supermarkets to ensure the possibility of maintaining a safe distance between people.

Other measures had already been taken in Portugal to contain the pandemic, such as the suspension of air links with Italy.


Comments:

Can tourists who have flights already booked from Madrid for international travel cross the border?

By Ginetta from Porto on 17-03-2020 04:51

Portugal

By Julie from Other on 17-03-2020 03:20

I believe elderly people need special times to visit the supermarkets to avoid catching Covid 19. Also we are not able to stand in queues for long periods.

By John Fogarty from Algarve on 16-03-2020 10:49
Interactive Topics, send us your comments/opinion on this article.

Please note that The Portugal News may use selected comments in the printed edition of the newspaper.